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COVID-19: Manage Anxiety and Emotional Well-Being

Online Guide Has Links to Resources Vetted by Mental Health Experts

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The outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been stressful for many people. The resulting fear and anxiety this health emergency is creating can be overwhelming, generating strong emotions in both adults and children. In order to help, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has created an online guide:

The page contains helpful tips and a list of resources (vetted by SCOE mental health experts) designed to help people manage their own stress, along with the anxiety others are experiencing—especially children.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How people respond to the COVID-19 outbreak depends on their background, the things that make them different from others, and the community in which they live.

During this time of uncertainty, it is critical for people to take care of their own mental health and well-being so they can help care for others. Looking to trusted organizations and agencies, and taking reasonable action, can help you maintain control and reduce anxiety.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Crisis Text Line—Text HOME to 741741. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. People from anywhere in the US can text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—Call 1 (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline—Call 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

COVID-19 Information

For the latest COVID-19 information, families are encouraged to visit their local school district’s website, the SCPH webpage dedicated to COVID-19, or the CDC website. Additional reference information about COVID-19 is available on a dedicated page published on the SCOE website.