NYS COVID-19 UPDATES
Mental Health during the Pandemic (CDC)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.
Stress can cause the following:
- Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
- Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
- It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are ways that you can help yourself, others, and your community manage stress.
If you experience any of the above issues, the following resources can assist you in taking care of your mental health during this time.
Free 24/7 Confidential Mental Health Counseling, you can call, text or chat online.
- Phone: 888-692-9355 / (888-NYC-WELL)
- Text “Well” to 65173
- Chat Online at nyc.gov/nycwell
New York State – Emotional Support Helpline
The Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Helpline is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
- Voice Phone: 844-863-9314
Lighthouse Guild’s Behavioral Healthcare Program
Lighthouse Guild’s Behavioral Healthcare is now available via telehealth (telephone and video calling), especially to individuals with or at risk of vision loss. Those seeking behavioral healthcare via telemental health service may call 212-769-7800. They are already accepting most insurances and are working to develop support groups, too.
- Phone: 212-769-7800
Additional Information on Lighthouse Guild’s Behavioral Healthcare
National Deaf Therapy
Website: National Deaf Therapy
Deaf Counseling Center
Website: Deaf Counseling Center
Cognitive and Behavioral Care at the Brain Injury Research Center at Mount Sinai
To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact them below:
- Phone: 212-241-4706
- Toll Free: 888-241-5152
- Email: rehabneuropsychFPA@mountsinai.org
- Brain Injury Research Center Website
American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center in New York State
The American Red Cross across the regions of New York State have developed a program in response to COVID-19 to support individuals and families who have lost family members to death as a result of COVID-19.
The program will link crisis counselors with families to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as targeted short-term casework to assist with navigating through the challenging processes they might be faced with as a result of the death.
Voice Phone: 585-957-8187
Red Cross Intake Form (English)