MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE at COVID-19 Resources from the Erie County Department of Mental Health
and the Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 website
Erie County Cares - COVID-19 and your Mental Health
During this time, in addition to the care of our physical health we want to stress the importance of our mental health. The uncertainty of COVID-19 is causing heightened anxiety and fear for all of us. You are not alone!
We want to reassure there is support in our community and highlight the things you have control of to help your mental health and self care. Below are some resource links to review that can help you manage the stress of the COVID-19 situation for yourself, your children and loved ones. It is important to remember if your loved one already has a mental health condition, they are more vulnerable to increased anxiety during these times. Please check in and see how friends and family are doing during this time. Crisis Services 24 hour hotline 716-834-3131 is available for support.
Anxieties and stressors can also have a negative impact upon one's alcohol or substance use, or if in recovery can create challenges to maintain one's recovery. The 24 hour Addicition Hotline 716-831-7007 is available for referral and information for the person addicted and their family.
The hotline counselors are available to provide supportive counseling, information and referrals to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Mental Health Support and Resources:
- Coping with Disaster or Traumatic Event https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/pdf/Coping_with_Disaster.pdf
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4885.pdf
- Talking to your children about COVID-19 https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
National Resource: 24 hour access to trained disaster crisis counselors providing supportive counseling, including information on common stress reactions and healthy coping
Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990
- Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
- TTY: 1-800-846-8517
- Website http//disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration) Disaster Behavioral Health Resources: This link will provide helpful information to professionals in the disaster behavioral health field.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Disaster Distress Helpline: The SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.