A list of resources compiled from state and national organizations for those who are experiencing mental health needs related to COVID-19 are provided below.
In communities across Texas, families are facing the challenges arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and that creates stressors that are as unique to each individual as they are universal in their impact.
The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is committed to providing factual and reliable information regarding mental health resources during this crisis. It is critical to actively focus on your mental health as well as that of those in your care. The resources here represent a great place to start.
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides general tips on managing anxiety and stress during COVID-19:
CDC- Covid-19 Coping Tips
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Outbreak:
SAMHSA- Taking Care of your Behavioral Health
Harvard Medical School advice on coping with coronavirus anxiety:
HMS- Coping with Covid-19 Anxiety
For people with severe mental health needs, ensuring ongoing linkages to care is essential. HHSC contracts with 37 local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and two local behavioral health authorities (LBHAs) across Texas to deliver mental health services in our communities. A list of LMHAs and LBHAs in Texas can be found here:
THHSC- LMHAs and LBHAs in Texas
Texas Health and Human Services’ search tool for public resources by Texas county:
THHSC- Search Tool
Texas Health and Human Services Commission – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Provider Information for People Receiving Services:
THHSC- Covid-19 Info for People Receiving Services