Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 - Erin's Inside Job

Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

I typically share my weekly favorites on Fridays, but I wanted to try and get in some extra mental health content this month, which is why they’re taking a hiatus this week. Hope you find this helpful!

At the end of April, I put out a call to see what topics you were interested in for Mental Health Awareness Month. A large number responded with variations on this topic, and I wanted to compile some resources to help deal with the unprecedented times that COVID-19 has left us in.

While doing some research, I realized that other organizations had already done a tremendous job of this, so rather than try and recreate all that on my own, I’m sharing some of the most thorough and helpful ones that I’ve found.

  • My favorite mental health resource, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), has put together an incredibly thorough 21-page booklet on COVID-19 resources. Topics range from dealing emotionally with the effects of the virus to things like homelessness, understanding how incarceration/visitation has changed, finances, and getting medication.
    • There is a national helpline as well as more specific state ones. It is not just a crisis line, but a place equipped with professionals who can help with things like simple questions, housing, insurance, and routing issues. You don’t need to have all the answers before calling, the operators are there to help you figure things out if you’re having any emotional or practical/logistical issues.
      • National Helpline: 800-950-6264
      • Chicago Helpline: 833-626-4244
  • This Stress & Coping article from the CDC contains numerous links to resources on handling stress, how to talk to your children about COVID-19, and how individuals and communities can help support each other during this time.
  • There are 15 different topic categories in this post from Mental Health America. Like the previous posts, it’s incredibly thorough and each topic contains numerous links to help answer your questions.

If there are any other resources you’ve found helpful, please leave them in the comments to help others out. Hang in there guys — you’ve got this.

4 comments on “Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

  1. Thanks Erin for taking the time to round these resources up! One more to add…there is a group of therapists and dietitians volunteering their time every day at almost all hours of the day for eating support. As someone recovering from an eating disorder, this has been helpful to have as an additional support outside of my treatment team during meal times. Hopefully others will find it helpful as well. They are even discussing continuing it post-quarantine too since everyone has received it so well.

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