Coronavirus COVID-19 Response & Recovery
Children and adults watching the news, reading content on-line and in newspapers, and overhearing others talk about the current coronavirus pandemic, may feel scared, confused, or anxious. Some may react right away, while others may show signs that they are having a difficult time later. Every person can support wellness and healing by providing, teaching, and implementing the following five resilience strategies:
Mental Health & Coping with COVID-19
As we work together to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and prevent suicides, it is vitally important that we take care of ourselves. During this stressful time, we remind you all, to place an emphasis on your own self-care. Take time to breathe, meditate, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and take a break from the news and social media periodically. We encourage you to visit the EMM resource center where you will find self-care articles, graphics, and tips to share on social media.
California Youth Crisis Line:
Call or Text: 1-800-843-5200 (English and español)
County of Los Angeles Resources:
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Line: 1-800-854-7771
Crisis Text Line (24/7):
Text LA to 741741
Department of Mental Health:
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:
Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA): (424) 362-2901
Survivors After Suicide (SAS): (424) 362-2912 for (SAS) adults and (424) 362-2911 for (SAS) teens.
Facing History and Ourselves- Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism:
• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping
during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education
• The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about
• The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
• The American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and
campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other
research on COVID-19.
• Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some
science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
• Self-care experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise,
among other tips for practicing good self-care.
Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Learn more at Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation.
Mental Health Association of San Francisco:
CA Peer-Run Warm Line
Toll Free: 1-855-845-7415
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Veterans: press 1 or text 838255; Para español, oprima el numero 2
Website in English: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website in Spanish: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline:
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
Website in English: https://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website in Spanish: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/espanol
Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support or email our hotline at www.teenline.org/talk-now.
Trevor Project – Trevor Lifeline:
Toll Free: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
SMS: Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (3pm-10pm, Monday-Friday)
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