COVID-19: Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic may be causing stress and anxiety for you and your family.  As the stay-home order has gone into effect, we are likely changing our lifestyle and habits even more.  Our lives have been disrupted in ways that most of us have never experienced.  We may be worried about the impact on personal finances and uncertainty about how and when life will return to “normal”.

If you are in immediate need of talking to someone about your stress and anxiety, you can call the County’s 24/7 Crisis Center at 240-777-4000.  EveryMind also has a 24/7 hotline available at 301-738-2255.

Abused Persons Program (24/7 crisis line)                                               240-777-4210          TTY Call MD Relay 711
Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (24/7 crisis line)           240-777-4357          TTY Call MD Relay 711
Adult  Abuse & Neglect  2/4 Reporting Line                                              240-777-3000          TTY Call MD Relay 711
Child Abuse & Neglect 24/7 Reporting Line                                               240-777-4417         TTY Call MD Relay 711

In addressing mental health needs, it is important to stick to the facts.  This is especially true during the current crisis.  See below to find more information that may be helpful for you.

For Children

We know that the current COVID-19 crisis can be especially stressful for children.  Their routines have changed and that can add anxiety onto an already stressful period.  These links below provide information and tools to let them –and their parents – know that we will get through this together.

For Adults

The relentless cycle of round-the-clock news and information can fuel anxiety for adults.  Consecutive days of social distancing and disrupted routines can also be taxing for adults who are taking care of children and older adults.  That puts self-care at a greater premium. 

Here are some tips for tackling anxiety:
  • Take a walk or get some exercise.  While it may be more challenging now that  we are being asked to stay away from others as much as possible and practice social distancing, it’s important to keep our bodies moving.  Exercise can help us reduce anxiety by raising the level of endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and improve our ability to sleep, which in turn can reduce stress and anxiety).
  • Take a time out.  Practice yoga, meditate, listen to music, or learn some relaxation techniques.
  • Eat well-balanced meal.  Do not skip meals and try to limit junk food as much as possible.  Keep healthy, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get enough sleep.  When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
  • Talk to someone.  Tell friends and family members you’re feeling overwhelmed and let them know how they can help you. 
Taking Care of Yourselves Taking Care of Your Children Taking Care of Older Adults

For Seniors

While the COVID-19 virus poses heightened risks for our growing senior community, that does not mean we should stop finding ways for them to stay connected with friends, family, and neighbors.  Below are links to help.

For First Responders

Our first responders are some of the local superheroes on the front lines of fighting back against the spread of this virus.  This does not mean that they are not human.  Below is information on how our first responders can practice self-care in what is a high-stress time.

For Individuals with Disabilities

No one should feel like they must weather this virus alone.  This is especially true for individuals with disabilities, as the virus can pose additional risks and anxieties.  The links below provide key information for those with special needs.

For Individuals in Recovery

For people in recovery, getting through a normal day can be challenging.  Add onto that a pandemic and canceled in-person support meetings, and that can make recovery feel even more challenging.  Stay connected to support groups by using the links below to find a virtual meeting that works for you.

For Our Diverse Communities

Montgomery County’s strength lies in its diversity.  All our communities, regardless of ethnicity, can play a role in getting the word out about the facts of COVID-19.  Below are facts sheets that can be easily shared.

For Our Faith Communities

Our diverse faith communities play a key role in building and maintaining community.  Below is guidance for how to continue their mission in a time of social distancing.

Maryland Department of Health Mental Health Guide

The Maryland Department of Health has produced a comprehensive, shareable guide on how to maintain mental health, broken down by sub-group.