Mental Health Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people in our community feeling anxious. The mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects.  To aid individuals during this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we've compiled a range of resources and information to help people address their mental health needs. 

Feeling overwhelmed about COVID-19? Help is only a phone call away.

Important Numbers

  • Crisis Services 24-Hour Hotline: 716-834-3131
  • 24-Hour Addiction Hotline: 716-831-7007
  • New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314 (8am-10pm, 7 days/week)
  • 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY
    • If you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • 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
  • Spanish Speakers
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2"
    • Text Hablanos to 66746

Outbreaks can be stressful

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (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.
If you're feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, please visit the CDC's page on how to cope, manage stress, and reduce anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) COVID-19 Resources
SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.   

New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many New Yorkers feeling anxious and stressed. Visit the NYS Office of Mental Health's COVID-19 Resources page for resources and guidance.
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html

Erie County Department of Mental Health COVID-19 Resources

For resources about the mental health aspect of this trying time, please visit: https://www2.erie.gov/mentalhealth/index.php?q=covid-19-resources-0
Visit the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition for information on what you can do to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in Erie County. 
Erie County Department of Mental Health COVID-19 Resources

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress. 
Visit the CDC website to learn how to help children cope with emergencies and access guidance on how to talk to children about COVID-19.
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

We're Fighting Together. Let's Do Our Part to Reduce Stigma

It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.
Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:
  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals
Visit the CDC website to learn how we can all reduce stigma. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.
Visit the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition for information on what you can do to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in Erie County.