Mental Health During COVID-19 and Beyond

Mental Health Month has been observed in the U.S. each May since 1949.  This month is about raising awareness and sharing resources and the Coronavirus pandemic makes it especially important that folks who need help have access to support.  One in five individuals will experience some form of mental illness in their life, but everyone has difficult moments and we can all benefit from prioritizing our mental well-being.

Social distancing and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis is difficult for everyone. One of the greatest assets we have is our community; reach out to each other for help and offer support to those in need.

Mental Health America created the 2020 Mental Health Month Toolkit with practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health.  This year’s theme is Tools2Thrive and offers support specific to our collective experience during COVID-19. Download the toolkit here.

Mental health is directly linked to physical health.  The Center for Healthy Nonprofits, a program of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is offering Fostering a Higher Quality of Life as a free virtual event with Enrique Feldman on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.  Click here to learn more.

If you are in crisis or need immediate support, please contact one of the below agencies.  They have people in place to support you.  We encourage you to take care of yourself – and each other – during this difficult time. We are all in this together.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and Español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (Español): “Hablanos” al 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517
Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website (Español): http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-help-line

SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and Español)
Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-help-line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Toll-Free (Español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org 
Website (Español): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/spanish.aspx

Treatment Locator
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator Website:
https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov

FindTreatment.gov
For help finding treatment 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
https://findtreatment.gov/