Your health is more than just your physical symptoms. While many of our patients are self-quarantining or under “Stay-at-Home Orders,” isolation or long periods in close quarters can strain mental health. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, we want to provide you with tools to support your mental health and curate resources to uplift your wellbeing. Here are some free resources that may help:

United Way:

We know you may be experiencing anxiety about how to avoid disruption in your daily life. You can dial 211 to speak with United Way. They will provide a free, confidential referral from a community resource specialist who can connect you to critical services in your area. They also have a website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services.

You’ll find information about: 

  • Supplemental food and nutrition programs
  • Shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
  • Emergency information and disaster relief
  • Employment and education opportunities
  • Services for veterans
  • Health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
  • Addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
  • Re-entry help for ex-offenders
  • Support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
  • A safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse

Crisis Text Line:

https://www.crisistextline.org/texting-in
In the US text HOME to 741741

If you are in need of company or companionship, this link provides 24/7 access to a trained crisis counselor. For those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or secondary trauma, this resource is designed to help you center into a calmer state of mind. This free resource is available to anyone with a smart phone.

Meditation:

https://www.headspace.com/covid-19

Sometimes, it’s helpful to have a reset and clear your mind. The meditation app Headspace is providing free resources for patients, healthcare professionals, educators, and those working from home. You can access this resource from a browser or the Headspace App.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php  

If you are managing an alcohol addiction, remaining connected to a community is important, especially during this period when you are being encouraged to quarantine. This link provides access to all AA approved virtual classes worldwide. They have groups for everyone, including LGBTQ, female, male, and those new to NA. This is Zoom-supported, so you can use your computer or a smart phone to access.

Narcotics Anonymous:

https://www.na.org:443/meetingsearch/text-results.php?country=Web&state&city&zip&street&within=5&day=0&lang&orderby=distance 

Just like AA, this link provides access to all NA-approved virtual classes worldwide. They also have groups for everyone, including LGBTQ, female, male, and those new to NA. This is Zoom supported, so you can use your computer or a smart phone to access.

Support Groups:

https://herrenproject.org/online-support-groups/

Launched in 2016, Herren Project was founded for treatment, recovery and prevention of substance use disorder. You can access live virtual online support groups, and recovery meetings moderated by trained clinicians. All groups are hosted through Zoom Communications video conferencing software and can be accessed from the comfort of your home, office, or even on your phone. All you need is a computer or hand-held device to participate in the weekly hour-long session. These groups are offered at no cost.

As always, if you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to your Proactive MD Health Center or a member of your care team for assistance. They can provide you with care or help get you set up with these resources.