Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
West Virginia Hotline
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has launched an informational hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. The toll-free hotline – 1-800-887-4304 – is available 24/7 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
Mental Health Support
Please visit WVU Medicine Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry for information on services. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273)
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:
- Call 911
- Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).
Take care of yourself and your community
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
The experts at WVU Medicine Children’s have put together several downloadable resources and videos that cover wide range of child-related questions and concerns that parents, guardians, and caregivers may have during this this difficult time. New resources are updated regularly on this page. Click here for more information.
- To help ensure the continued health and safety of our community, we have put together a series of educational videos featuring WVU Medicine experts covering a wide range of COVID-19-related topics View full video library here.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness has published a COVID resource guide which can be found here.
- Call the NAMI Helpline at: 800-950-NAMI Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741
- Visit Mental Health America for a list of Resources here.
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotlineor call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
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