Resources to Help Cope with Stress and Anxiety
due to Covid-19 and other stressors

As we each do our part to safeguard the physical health of our families, friends, coworkers, community, and selves, we must also do the same for our mental health. To help, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) has gathered some tools and resources to help cope with the stress and anxiety during these uncertain times. Please browse through and share the resources on this page, which include topics from physical distancing and coping strategies to resources for parents and health providers. The resources below have been collected  to assist those in need in finding potential emotional support tools. It is not intended to replace the advice of medical/mental health professionals.

SCDMH CRISIS RESOURCES

SC Mobile Crisis – Mobile Crisis is for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. Local Mobile Crisis Teams assess the crisis and can respond on-site, with law enforcement, if appropriate. SC Mobile Crisis is available 24/7/365, toll-free, statewide, at (833) 364-2274.

SCDMH Deaf Services Hotline - This line is dedicated to folks who are deaf or hard of hearing and in crisis or in need of resources.  It is also available to contact for hospital consultation, telepsychiatry interpreter requests, and mental health center referrals. The Deaf Services Hotline is available 24/7, statewide, at (803) 339-3339 (VP) or deafhotline@scdmh.org.

NON-SCDMH CRISIS RESOURCES

Crisis Text Line - The Crisis Text Line is a nationwide resource for anyone in need of crisis assistance but who is not able or ready to call into a resource line. South Carolina has its own code for the line. South Carolinians can reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7, toll-free, by texting HOPE4SC to 741741.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - This line is for anyone in need of crisis help. The Lifeline is available 24/7, toll-free, nationwide, at (800) 273-TALK  (8255). Español: Call (888) 628-9454.

NON-CRISIS SCDMH SUPPORT RESOURCES

SC-HOPES - This support line is for all South Carolinians impacted by COVID-19 or any other associated stressors. Anyone can call this line to be linked to resources for mental health or substance use treatment or other needs. SC-HOPES is available 24/7, toll-free, at (844) SC-HOPES  (724-6737).

Tu Apoyo - This line is a Spanish-language companion line for SC-HOPES. Tu Apoyo is available from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily, toll-free, at (833) TU-APOYO (882-7696).

Online Mental Health Screener - this safe, easy, and free service allows users to anonymously take a Self-Check Questionnaire and connect with a professional counselor who can offer guidance, support, and resources to help connect them with mental health and addiction services. The screener is at https://hope.connectsyou.org/.

South Carolina Department of Mental Health – South Carolina’s public mental health system, serving children, adolescents, adults, and families through a network of 16 community-based mental health centers, with associated clinics. Accepting new patients and serving all counties statewide. Secure telephone and video appointments are available in addition to in-person visits – please inquire to learn more. To find the location nearest you to learn more, visit our online location listings or call (803) 898-8581.

NEW! Private Support Groups for Professionals Launching in August 2021:

SC-Hopes, a collaboration between the SCDMH and the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Substances, is offering profession-centered support groups to Teachers and Other Educational Staff and Nurses and Other Clinical Staff. These closed, virtual groups will discuss common struggles and difficulties faced within these professions, explore coping strategies and professional best practices, and share pandemic, health, and wellbeing-related resources. **Last name is not required when registering for attendees who wish to remain anonymous.**

TEACHERS & OTHER EDUCATIONAL STAFF

Participants will decide on the topics during the first session, but they may include:

  • Work and/or COVID-related stress/anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Work-life balance
  • Financial Hardship
  • Administrative work
  • Parent interactions
  • Classroom discipline
  • Evaluating effectiveness

NURSES & OTHER CLINICAL STAFF

Participants will decide on the topics during the first session, but they may include:

  • Work and/or COVID-related stress/anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Work-life balance
  • Guilt
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Long hours/shifts
  • Overly high expectations (patients and superiors

Learn more about these groups, view dates & times, and register here: https://sc-hopes.com/virtual-support-groups/

Support Events

Federation of Families - SC Family TeleSupport Network Group Call - Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm

NAMI online support groups NAMI Mid Carolina offers virtual support group meetings. For information go to
https://namimid-carolina.org/meetings-support-groups/  or go to NAMIMidCarolina.org

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RESOURCES

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Our community is strong, and together we will get through this. While we may not be able to have conversations face-to-face, we can still reach out and check on each other with the use of technology. Individuals anxious about the COVID-19 can text HOME to 741741 and they will be connected with a trained crisis counselor to help. You are not alone.

Mental Health and COVID 19, AFSP Resource Guide


MHA logoMental Health and COVID-19 – Information and Resources
Click here for an extensive guide from Mental Health America of the US  that provides a wealth of resources, from general information about physical distancing and coping strategies to resources for parents and mental health providers. This page has something to help each of us!

Mental Health America's online mental health screening tools

Download MHA's free Back to School 2021 Toolkit


Managing Stress and Anxiety - Tips From Experts

Helping Children Cope - Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Families

  


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Resources for Clinicians

Lexington Richland 5 Schools has added a new video to its School Re-entry series, focused on social and emotional health, with information from District Behavior Specialist Lucy Bailey and SCDMH's own Jennifer Butler.

Click to watch SCDMH's Greg Smith, MD, from the Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center, talk about COVID-19 and Mental Health on the Aiken Chamber of Commerce's Ask the Experts Series, from August 5.