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The quickly changing societal adjustments in response to COVID-19 is a stressful time for all of us. Fear and anxiety about this new virus can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. This page offers mental health resources to help you adjust to these major challenges. The best thing you can do is to protect your mind and body. For your mental health, try to stay away from excessive news consumption, stay connected with others through video-chat, phone calls, or texting. Stick to a routine and be gentle with yourself! Remember to take care of your physical health by practicing social distancing, washing your hands, eating nutritious foods, and exercising.
Mental Health & Coping Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Coronavirus: Managing Mental Health by our own Katherine Emerick, MD
- A Guided 5-minute Meditation by Dr Emerick
- Behind Closed Doors During COVID by Saira Kalia, MD, our Medical Director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
- Helping Children Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic by our physicians Jessie Rice, MD, and Noshene Ranjbar, MD
- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offers information on how to support yourself and your loved ones, including:
- Well-Being Resources from the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
- The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has fact sheets geared to healthcare personnel, families, businesses, and communities.
- COVID-19 Communication Toolkit for Parents and Teachers by UArizona College of Public Health
- 10 Self-Care Tips for Parents
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide
- Get Some Rest: A Brief Guide for Those on the COVID-19 Front Lines by Michael Grandner, PhD, our Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic
- NAMI’s online communities; also contact your local NAMI affiliate for resources in your area.
- 7cups.com offers free online chat for emotional support and counseling, with services in Spanish available.
- Emotions Anonymous offers weekly online meetings.
- Support Groups Central has virtual groups for free or low cost.
- The Tribe Wellness Community offers free, online peer support groups. Includes focused groups for addiction, anxiety, depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, marriage/family, OCD and teens.
- Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741
Harm Reduction for Substance Users
We support harm reduction when it comes to challenges people face with substance use. Please click on the link below to read a helpful document regarding substance use and the coronavirus. Guidance for People Who Use Substances (opens a PDF).