Please find below contact information if you are in need of help, physical or emotional. This Pandemic is rippling out into people’s lives in too many ways and that can lead to overwhelming feelings, but also general physical needs too, like food and shelter. Please stay safe and reach out if you need help. It is US based but if you are in another country please google for help in your local area.
General COVID-19 helpline is 211
- 211 provides a 24/7 hotline which is connected to a trained team that is able to provide up to date information. If you need assistance finding food, or basic essential needs, call 211 to speak to someone who can help. For more information please click: https://www.helplinecenter.org/when-disaster-strikes/
Mental Health Helplines
- Suicide helpline – 1-800-273-8255
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration distress helpline — 800-985-5990 or text “talk with us” to 66746
- Crisis Textline — Text Connect to 741741
- National Alliance of Mental Illness — 1-800-950-6264 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Violence and Abuse Helplines
- Domestic violence helpline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Their advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential. But you can also chat at this link: https://www.thehotline.org/help/
- Child help National Child Abuse Hotline – 1800-4ACHILD
If you are a child or an adult who feels on the edge, please, please reach out for help. Please see further in formation at this link: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/why-child-welfare-experts-fear-a-spike-of-abuse-during-covid-19
An excerpt from the above link:
“To those who feel at risk of causing harm to their children, Sege suggests: -> Call a friend.
-> Call a pediatrician.
-> Send your child to a quiet corner.
-> Take a walk outside (while maintaining a safe social distance of at least six feet from anyone who doesn’t live in your household).
-> For infants, place them in a crib, step away and draw deep breaths to cool off.
-> Call or text a helpline.
There is no shame in asking for help during times of unprecedented stress, Coffman said, adding that community members need to watch out for their friends and step in if they think someone needs help.”
From my heart to yours, please stay safe, please stay inside if you’re able so that the essential workers are as safe as possible, and we can get through this as quickly as possible. If you’re new here, as a person with a chronic illness I had to find a way to pass the time with a daily challenge, so I doodle every day. Those doodles are below. Big hugs to you 💙