The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.
You’re not alone.
There are strategies for managing stress such as:
- Be mindful of your intake of information from news sources about the virus, and consider taking breaks from it.
- Maintain social contact with supportive relationships like friends, family or others, by phone, text, or internet.
- Treat your body kindly: eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise as you are able.
- Call your health care provider if your anxiety interferes with your daily activities.
- Learn about additional strategies to manage your stress for health.
Hotlines if you need to talk to someone
If you are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.
There are additional resources available if you are in crisis:
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support.
- California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Find phone numbers and links to all the suicide and crisis hotlines by county in California.
- CalHOPE Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 833-317-HOPE (4673) Monday – Friday from 7am – 11pm for COVID-19 specific non-emergency support.
- California Warm Peer Line: Call 855-845-7415 for 24/7 for non-emergency support to talk to a peer counselor with lived experience.
Find behavioral and mental health services
If you have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card, or call your local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888-452-8609 Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm.
If you have a health plan through your employer or purchase your own health insurance, and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card.
If you feel like you are coping with your stress by drinking or taking drugs, there is help available from the substance use disorder programs in your county or call the national treatment locator at 800-662-HELP.
Call the California’s Aging and Adult Information local service line at 800-510-2020 for help finding information and assistance in your area.
If you feel unsafe
Partner abuse is never okay and there are people standing by to help, especially during this health crisis. If you can, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish. If you can’t call, visit TheHotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help with the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature.
Visit the California Victims Compensation Board website to find information on county victim service providers in California.
There are additional resources available:
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: Call 1-916-444-7163 Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:30pm for assistance finding local programs.
- Safety planning guide: Use this guide to help with safety planning if you are a survivor of intimate partner violence.
- Domestic Violence Service Providers list: Find information about programs across the state.
- Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Victim Service Provider List: Use this list to find local resources if you are a victim of sexual assault or human trafficking.
Protecting children from abuse and neglect
Community members play an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, call the local CPS hotline for the county where the child lives or find a local child abuse youth victim service provider.
You may also be able to help children and youth who have been abused or neglected by stepping up to serve as a foster caregiver. Please contact your local county’s Social Service or Human Service department, or call the toll-free line at 800-KIDS-4-US.
If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.
NAMI California has resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions. You can call their HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI to get information, resource referrals and support from 7:00am – 3:00pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregivers can find resources at the Department of Aging website, including guidelines to protect the health and safety of both you and your loved one from COVID-19.
County Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services: Call 833-401-0832 24/7 for concerns about adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.