How to Manage Your Mental Health and Stress Levels During COVID-19
The outbreak of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 can be a stressful time for individuals and communities. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading, or watching the news. While it’s necessary to keep up-to-date and make changes to daily life in order to help control the spread of COVID-19, the constant news cycle coupled with social distancing measures can have a real impact on mental health.
It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.
Here are a few resources, credible information sources, and self-care tools for our mental health and wellbeing.
Resources from Sacramento County Public Health
Resources for Families, Parents & Caregivers
General Relevant and Informative Resources
Online or Phone Supports
- Mental Health Access: Call the Mental Health Access Team to request services and an over-the-phone assessment in order to be referred to an appropriate mental health service provider. This includes Mental Health Medi-Cal Service Providers and Prevention & Early Intervention and Mental Health Respite Service Providers.
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (24/7 for Mental Health Crisis Calls)
(916) 875-1055 or toll free (888) 881-4881
Fax (916) 875-1190
- Alcohol and Drug System of Care (Adult and
Youth): We provide prevention and treatment services to individuals struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse. Services include outpatient treatment, methadone treatment, day treatment, detoxification, residential services, and perinatal services. To qualify for services, clients can call for a preliminary assessment conducted by our Alcohol and Drug System of Care staff.
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (excluding county holidays)
(916) 874-9754 or toll free (888) 881-4881 (adults 18+ years)
(916) 875-0185 (youth less than 18 years)
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Suicide Prevention Services: Lifeline (24/7) Call 1-877-273-8255.
Teen Line: Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6 pm to 10 pm PST or Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
Hope Cooperative Peer Support Call Center: Feeling anxious and need support? Hope Cooperative's Peer Navigators are available and ready to listen.
Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
The Source Support Line for Youth and Caregivers: Need someone to talk to about the current situation, stress, or anything else? Call or text 916-SUPPORT (916-787-7678) for 24/7 support.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Virtual Meeting Schedule
Emotional Support and Wellness
We know that human connection is one of the most critical protective factors for good mental health. But how can we stay in connection while still following medical guidance to limit your exposure to others? Community isn’t just about proximity; it’s first and foremost a mindset about who we consider to be “our own.” In the face of social distancing, remember that we all need one another—maybe more than ever—to get through difficult times like these. Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health.