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 firstname.lastname@example.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 988.
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.
Federation of Families - SC Family TeleSupport Network Group Call - Every Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm
NAMI Mid Carolina offers virtual support group meetings. For information go to
https://namimid-carolina.org/meetings-support-groups/ or go to NAMIMidCarolina.org
Mental Health and COVID 19, AFSP Resource Guide
Mental 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!
Download MHA's free Back to School 2021 Toolkit
Managing Stress and Anxiety - Tips From Experts
- Is it stress or anxiety? Click here to learn the difference and for ways to cope from NIMH.
- Click here for a worksheet from MHA on how to recognize anxiety and how to keep your mind grounded.
- Staying connected is important! Click here for virtual resources from SAMHSA.
- Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic: MANAGING STRESS – SAMHSA
- Looking for more information to help keep yourself, your family, your coworkers, and your community mentally well through these difficult times? The Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s site include a wealth of information for multiple audiences - community leaders, BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, healthcare workers, first responders, faith communities, parents & caregivers, and more!
- CDC Tips for Young Adults: Coping with Stress
- Students: Care for yourself one small way each day
- Young Adults: Care for yourself one small way each day
- Age-related reactions to a traumatic event
- The relationship between bullying and suicide: what we know and what it means for schools
- Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being - APA Foundation, Center for Workplace Mental Health
- Click the link for tips on how to establish a nighttime routine and get a good night’s sleep: Five ways to wind down and relax before bed, Mental Health First Aid - USA
- Feeling stressed or anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic? This flyer provides information and tips for coping during a pandemic as well as resources for additional assistance. - SAMHSA
- Tips for Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic The wallet card provides stress reduction tips and techniques as well as lists sources for additional assistance. – SAMHSA
- Building Resilience during a Difficult Year, NAMI
- Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress
- Taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty, Dr. Doreen Marshall, AFSP Vice President of Programs
- How to prevent loneliness in a time of social distancing, Kasley Killam, Scientific America
- How to #BeTheDifference for People with Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid USA
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks, SAMHSA
Helping Children Cope - Resources for Parents, Caregivers, and Families
- Coping with Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19 – Article from Mental Health First Aid
- Parents: looking for a toolkit to help children’s social, emotional, and mental well-being? Check out the CDC’s Parental Resource Kit here.
- Activity Book, Coping with Covid-19: This activity book is intended to provide information to young children and families about how to prevent and cope with COVID-19. This resource may be useful for children and young people of all ages.
- Dr. Greg Smith article, Mind Matters: Suffer the little children, March 21, 2021: https://www.postandcourier.com/aikenstandard/lifestyle/mind-matters-suffer-the-little-children/article_24dcdb8e-89f0-11eb-bfc8-43861b5a6004.html?fbclid=IwAR3x7HyKUxfqrFBWQlzyzQDUr8FU8PZakrjuFFEEMWRbaWlXeKfTf8hIZAY
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a page of resources for parents and caregivers to help kids prepare to return to school, whether it's in-person, virtual, or both, as well as how to deal with the associated stress.
- Mayo Clinic's safety tips for returning to school
- Download MHA's free Back to School Toolkit
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
- Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster, A Resource for Parents and Caregivers (CDC)
- Looking for guidance to talk to kids about COVID-19? The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has put together an activity book for kids to help them understand.
- Es estres o ansiedad? -NIMH
- Consejos para sobrevivientes de una pandemia: Control del estrés
- Enfrentando múltiples crisis, los latinos recurren a la cultura y a la comunidad. - SAMHSA
- ¿Estás trabajando para ayudar a las personas afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19?(Are You Working to Help People Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?)
- Consejos para manejar el estrés durante la pandemia de COVID-19 – Tarjeta de bolsillo(Tips for Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic Wallet Card)
- ¿Te sientes estresado o ansioso por la pandemia de COVID-19?(Feeling Stressed or Anxious About the COVID-19 Pandemic?)
- Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) - SCDHEC
- Cómo cuidar de su salud conductual: CONSEJOS PARA LIDIAR CON MEDIDAS DE PRECAUCIÓN DURANTE UN BROTE DE UNA ENFERMEDAD CONTAGIOSA: DISTANCIAMIENTO SOCIAL, CUARENTENA Y AISLAMIENTO - SAMHSA
- Cómo hablar con los niños: CONSEJOS PARA LOS CUIDADORES, PADRES Y MAESTROS DURANTE UN BROTE DE UNA ENFERMEDAD CONTAGIOSA
- COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMACION Y RECURSOS - NAMI HelpLine de lunes a viernes entre las 10:00 a.m. y las 6:00 p.m. ET (800) 950-6264 2 Información general sobre COVID-19 Continuamos aprendiendo sobre los efectos del virus COVID-19 y cómo afecta a las personas. www.nami.org
Resources for Clinicians
- Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic. -CDC
- Need Support? SCDMH and SC DAODAS have launched SC Hopes which includes a dedicated free, 24/7 Health Outreach Team: (844) SC-HOPES
- Are you working to help people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic? – this flyer from SAMHSA has principles of Psychological First Aid when working with survivors.
- The Strain of Caregiving: How Caregiver Involvement Reduces Distress and Conflict, MHA
- Working from Home with ADHD, MHA
- Watch the First Lowcountry Mental Health Conference Speaker Spotlight held October, 15, 2020, featuring psychotherapist, professor, and New York Times bestselling author Thomas Moore, Ph.D. Click here to watch his presentation, "The Soul of Psychotherapy". There will be three more presentations in this series, the next of which will be in January - to learn more and register, visit https://www.lowcountrymhconference.com/spotlight/!
- From SC Public Radio, 8/27: Scott Morgan takes a look at mental health among healthcare workers during COVID-19. https://www.southcarolinapublicradio.org/post/its-not-about-superheroes-very-human-toll-covid-takes-frontline-healthcare-workers
- Managing mental health during COVID-19, AMA
- Handout - Centering Skills, Dovetail Learning
- Handout - Protective Patterns, Dovetail Learning
- Infographic - Combat Stress with Self-Care, Mindwise Innovations/SCYSPI
Learning self-care and coping techniques can help manage stress and pressure to keep you feeling happy and healthy.
- Infographic - Self-Care Strategies for Resilience, AFSP
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.