The COVID-19 pandemic is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances. You are 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.
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 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 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.