The emotional burden of the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, from healthcare workers and people with COVID-19 to essential workers and people told to shelter in place.
In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted on Twitter about the Disaster Distress Helpline and texting services made available by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The hotline and texting service bring professional help to those experiencing overwhelming anxiety, depression, or stress during this unprecedented time.
For professional help, the number to call is 1-800-985-5990. If you prefer to text, you can send the message "TalkWithUs" by text to 66746.
The call is toll-free, confidential and available in multiple languages. You'll be put in contact with a crisis counselor.
Caring for a loved one can take an emotional toll, especially during the #COVID19 outbreak. Feeling overwhelmed? Connect with family, friends, or a healthcare professional. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. https://t.co/Ip0GAhiP7q pic.twitter.com/W8BNyNVPGM
— CDC (@CDCgov) April 1, 2020