As the Covid-19 pandemic grips the world, the monotony of normal daily life has been upturned due to the level of uncertainty that comes with it. Hospitals and healthcare facilities around the globe are diverting any and every available resource to patients that have been infected in order to “Flatten the Curve.” In the midst of all this, people with mental health concerns may feel like their voices are not being heard.
Additional information about COVID-19 guidelines can be found at the following sites:
Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Website
World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019
MN Department of Health COVID-19
Office of Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov Peggy Flanagan-COVID-19 Response
In order to contain the spread of the virus, many hospitals are asking that individuals avoid non-essential clinic and hospital visits or elective procedures in order to preserve equipment for the anticipated influx of infected patients and to limit exposure to the general public, particularly those with pre-existing conditions or those with compromised immune systems.
If you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency and are in immediate risk for harm, please call 911.
For suicide intervention, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to get help by phone at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Toll-free in the U.S. 24 hours a day.
To report a sexual assault, Call 911 or contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to speak with a trained sexual assault service provider in your are
For those that are in need of crisis intervention or would like to speak with a mental health professional there are many resources available at the state and national level.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA’s 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. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Website
Deaf/Hard of Hearing:
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
- TTY 1-800-846-8517
- Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”
- From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746
- From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663
- En Español
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline now to get help by phone at: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Toll-free in the U.S. 24 hours a day.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Website
If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by:
- Online chat – Click the Chat button below
- Video relay Service – Dial 800-273-8255
- TTY – Dial 800-799-4889
- Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255
If you are a Veteran or service member with hearing loss, or any person concerned about someone who is, there are several ways to contact the Veterans Crisis Line:
- Text with a Veterans Crisis Line responder – Send a text message to 838255
Chat online with the Veterans Crisis Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline en Español
Ayuda en Español. Lifeline ofrece 24/7, gratuito servicios en español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda.
Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Tenemos actualmente 170 centros en la red y usted hablará probablemente con uno situado en su zona. Cada centro funciona en forma independiente y tiene su propio personal calificado.
Cuando el centro contesta su llamada, usted estará hablando con una persona que le escuchará, le hará preguntas y hará todo lo que esté a su alcance para ayudarle.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline en Español Website
Crisis Text Line
Anxious about coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor 24/7.
Minnesota Department of Health:
The MN Dept. of Health has a page dedicated to behavioral health resources during the COVID-19 pandemic with information for first responders, mental illness support, child and family resources and more.
MN Dept. of Health-Behavioral Health and COVID-19
Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness-MN Dept. of Health
Follow the MN Department of Health on Twitter
Follow the MN Dept of Health on Facebook
Minnesota Department of Human Services:
MN Dept of Human Services Adult Mental Health
MN Dept of Human Services Child Mental Health
Warmlines through Mental Health Minnesota:
Call 651-288-0400 or
Text “SUPPORT” to 85511
Open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mental Health Minnesota
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Follow Mental Health Minnesota on Twitter
*Disclaimer: the information presented in this post is for informational purposes only.