COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Healthy Ways of Coping with Stress
During times of change and uncertainty it is even more important to incorporate self-care and structure into your schedule. And while your typical self-care routine may no longer be available, there are ways to stay healthy and remain connected. Every day take a moment (or more) to take care of yourself. Here is a list of resources to help practice wellness while physical distancing:
Free App to Help Cope with Stress - Behavioral Health & Recovery Services is offering free resource to help San Mateo County residents cope with stress (meditations, sleep sounds, movement exercises & more). Sign up here: www.headspace.com/smchealth
Wellness While Physical Distancing [PDF]
Dealing with Community Stress [PDF]
Emotional Wellbeing and Managing Stress - California HOPE website
Resources For Specific Populations
Below is a list of COVID-19 resources for specific populations. The information is compiled from San Mateo County resources and other trusted organizations.
Children, Youth, Teens, Families
Crushing the Curve Youth Campaign
Bay Area campaign to educate youth, teens and their parents about staying healthy physically and mentally during the pandemic https://crushingthecurve.me/
StarVista Parent Support Line:
StarVista Teen Website and Chat: www.onyourmind.net
California Youth Crisis Line 24/7:
- Youth ages 12-24 can call or text (800) 843-5200 or
- Visit their website to chat online for crisis support
- Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 from 6 pm – 9 pm or
- Call (800) 852-8336 from 6 pm – 10 pm.
California Parent & Youth Helpline
- (855) 427-2736 Monday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm to get emotional support from a trained Parent Advocate.
NAMI San Mateo County
- Call (650) 638-0800 to get information, resource referrals and support for family members supporting loved ones with a mental health condition.
- NAMI San Mateo County Warm Line (650) 638-0802.
Childhelp National Child Abuse
- 24/7 Hotline: (800) 422-4453
Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during
(CA Surgeon General)
Families Members of Adults
- Family Assertive Support Team – an in-home outreach service that offers assessment, consultation, and support services to adults (age 18+) in San Mateo County experiencing a severe mental health problem and their designated family members (broadly defined as individuals with close and enduring emotional ties). Contact FAST at: (650) 368-3178 or see their webpage.
Peninsula Family Service Older Adult Resource
(650) 780-7542 Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–4 pm
- (800) 971-0016 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities.
- Friendship Line Website
Senior Peer Counseling
- (650) 403-4300 Trained volunteer counselors provide support in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog & LGBTQ adults over 55
Older Adult System of Integrated Services (OASIS)
For San Mateo County residents, age 60 and over, dealing with mental health issues that impact their day to day functioning, call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services OASIS team at (650) 573-3689.
First Responders, Law Enforcement, Healthcare Personnel
Fire & EMS Helpline
- COPLINE website
- Call (800) 267-5463 to find support 24/7 for law enforcement officers.
CDC Healthcare Personnel and First Responders:
CDC Tips for Emergency Responders https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp
Substance Use Disorders Resources
- What are my options to help with alcohol and drug use? - English, Spanish
- How can I stay safe while using drugs? - English, Spanish
- Medications for alcohol and opioid Use - English, Spanish
- How can I support a family member or friend who has a problem with alcohol and drugs?- English, Spanish
Alcohol and Drug Helpline
- San Mateo County Crisis Line/StarVista: (650) 579-0350
Voice of Recovery San Mateo County
Peer to peer support for a lifestyle free of addiction. www.vorsmc.org
Medication Assisted Treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders
Call the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment team:
(650) 573-2735 | www.smchealth.org/IMAT
Find a treatment provider in San Mateo County
Behavioral Health and Recovery
Services Access Call Center
Call (800) 686-0101, TTY: for deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711.
- Or visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs/aod/recovery
- For Medication Assisted Treatment call (650) 573-2735 | www.smchealth.org/IMAT
- If privately insured, contact your insurance carrier or medical provider
SAMHSA National Helpline
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish.
RACISM & INEQUITIES
Since the onset of the pandemic, increased incidents of micro aggressions, racial profiling, and hate crimes in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have occurred. The outbreak also highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.
Below are resources to help cope with racism and inequities during an infectious disease outbreak:
- Race and COVID-19 Town Hall [video] |
- Xenophobia Postcard
- Latin/a/o/x in San Mateo County (SMC) are testing positive
for COVID-19 at higher rates than others. Find tips on how
to Protect Yourself & Your Loved
- Watch the August 16, 2020 Facebook Live recording (presented in Spanish) featuring 14 expert panelists and learn how to keep you and your family healthy and safe. Hear answers to COVID-19 questions from the Spanish speaking community – presented by Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, San Mateo County Sheriff’s CARON program and Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS).
San Mateo County Health Equity Initiatives
Focusing on health disparities in access and quality of care for underserved, unserved and inappropriately served cultural and ethnic communities, including LGBTQ, Latino, African American, Chinese, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Native American & Indigenous Peoples, & Spirituality.
- Learn about each of the initiatives at www.smchealth.org/hei
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