Coronavirus Updates: Mental Health Guidance, Public Health News and Resources

We know many of our community members are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you are safe. To help, we have gathered updates, tips, and resources for you from reputable sources.

Quick Tips

  • Stay informed, but consider limiting your news exposure; see our links to reputable sources for information below, including the CDC and California Department of Public Health; we will also keep this page updated with the latest information and additional resources as we get them.
  • Follow advice on prevention, including washing hands and refraining from touching your face, social distancing, and staying home if you are ill (more below).
  • Try to maintain perspective and rely on your social network for support (ways to stay connected, ways to manage stress and employ coping strategies). Know you are not alone and there is help if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis.
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
    Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
  • More support from NAMI

Advice For Those With Mental Health Conditions

If you or a loved one is living with a mental health condition, consider these tips from NAMI.

  • For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
  • For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60- or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed. Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.)
  • Listen to and follow advice from your local public health care provider.
  • Provide self-care, especially if you are in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.

More Mental Health Resources

Resources and FAQ on COVID-19 (NAMI)

How to Protect Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak (NAMI)

Ways to Stay Connected While Social-Distancing (NAMI California)

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (Los Angeles Department of Mental Health)

Coping with Coronavirus Fears and Anxiety (UCLA Health)

Coping with Anxiety Coronavirus in the Face of COVID-19 (Stanford University)

Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak (World Health Organization)

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Feeling Anxiety About Coronavirus? A Psychologist Offers Tips to Stay Clearheaded (University of California San Francisco)

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions about Behavioral Health (The California Department of Health Care Services)

7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety (The Conversation)

How to Deal with Coronavirus if You Have OCD or Anxiety (Vice)

Mental health experts offer counsel on staying calm during coronavirus pandemic (Washington Post)

Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health During this Pandemic (Washington Post)


COVID-19 Information and Updates

California Department of Health Updates (also En Español)

State of California Updates

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Updates (En Español)

World Health Organization (WHO) Updates


COVID-19 Prevention




Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC)

12-second video showing the value of social distancing

COVID-19 – Yes, Large Gathering Cancellations Are Good for Everyone (UC Davis Health)

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart (Vox)


Family and Community Resources

Helping Parents and Children During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ways to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Crisis

How to Manages Stress for Better Mental Health

Hotline established for California: 833-544-2374

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