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.


Times are difficult for all of us. For some, a call to the SC HOPES or Tu Apoyo support line, or a link to a support group or webinar are helpful. But some of us need MORE. If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available 24/7/365 from these resources:

    • DMH SC Mobile Crisis Number (CCRI Number): 833-364-2274
    • SCDMH Deaf Services Hotline: VP 803-339-3339, E-mail:
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Veterans can call the Lifeline and then Press 1.
    • Español: Call 1-888-628-9454
    • Crisis Text Line with SC Code: Text HOPE4SC to 741741
    • The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386, or text START to 678678

Many see a "light at the end of the tunnel" following these many months. But for just as many, even as things return somewhat to "normal", we just don't feel it. Remember, you're not alone.

Here's an interesting read -

"In psychology, we think about mental health on a spectrum from depression to flourishing. Flourishing is the peak of well-being: You have a strong sense of meaning, mastery and mattering to others. Depression is the valley of ill-being: You feel despondent, drained and worthless. Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being. You don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but you’re not the picture of mental health either. You’re not functioning at full capacity."

Read more at the New York Times:

New free service for SC residents: anonymously take a Self-Check Questionnaire and connect with a counselor who can offer guidance, support, and resources to help connect you with mental health and addiction services. Go to to get started!

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  or go to



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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 2020 Back to School Toolkit

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Helping Children Cope

PARENTS & CAREGIVERS: Resources for Preparing for School


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Working from Home

Resources for Clinicians


Distance Learning Opportunities

Each month, ETR provides compilations of available Distance Learning Offerings. Be sure to run the power points listed below as a slide show. When you click on the title of the offering it will take you directly to the site. These are excellent ways to obtain continuing education credit and you can take them as your time permits.


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.