Help Coping with covid-19 Stress & anxiety

“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” – CDC

Mental health and coping during covid-19

Local Cal Hope counselors can talk with people experiencing distress, anxiety, and concerns related to the general COVID-19 situation and/or their own personal health or financial concerns.

California Hope Line: 530-966-7382

Offering an Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline for anyone in the US to call during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trained Salvation Army Officers and employees will be available to talk, advise, and offer assistance to individuals and families. For anyone in the US impacted or distressed by COVID-19. Available Monday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm EDT.

Phone: 844-458-HOPE (4673)

Providing telephone support for those needing non-crisis response to troubles, questions, and concerns. Provides live peer listeners and community resource referrals. For Adults seeking non-crisis support and information. No fee; call is toll free. 

Hours: Daily: 11:30am-9:30pm

Phone: 1-855-582-5554

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Go to associated CDC link to learn more about coping with COVID-19.

Help is available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Minimize watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts; not the rumors and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals, from the CDC website and local health departments, in order to help you distinguish facts from rumors. Facts can help to minimize fears.


Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak

The Peer-Run Warm Line is a toll-free, non-emergency resource for all residents of California seeking emotional support. The Peer-Run Warm Line provides assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need, 24/7. Some concerns callers share are challenged with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use. California residents may also receive support online through the Warm Line Chat at the following link:

Peer Support Specialists are available for: video chat, self-help support groups, and resource information in Butte County. Open to all.

Avaliable: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9am – 1pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Join in by phone, computer, or other device at: Zoom ID 809-274-979
Phone only, call: (720) 707-2699 or (346) 248-7799

American Red Cross is offering access to a support hub with virtual programs, information, referrals and other services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to state and local resources provided by partners in their area. The Virtual Family Assistance Center is for families who have lost a loved one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To access the Virtual Family Assistance Center, use the following link:

Butte County Behavioral Health is hosting a Zoom event for youth in Butte County. Youth are encouraged to join on Zoom for “Real Talk: Teens on Mental Health”. This live conversation will be a safe space for youth to discuss mental health and share creative approaches to self-care during this unprecedented time.
Join Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) and Directing Change for a special event. As youth from all over the country lead conversations around mental health. Participants will hear from several leading youth advocates and will have the opportunity to converse with teens from across the country who are actively bringing mental health awareness to the forefront of their communities. RSVP is required on Event Brite. This event is free and available for teens and young adults only. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 26th from 4pm-5pm

WHERE: Those interested must RSVP on EventBrite to reserve a spot, space is limited. RSVP at the link below:

Crisis Lines

Provides a 24 hour crisis phone line that responds to psychiatric, mental health and substance abuse crises and provides referrals for other behavioral health services.

Call: 1-800-334-6622

Butte County Behavioral Health Access Line is available 24/7 for those in crisis that need to speak with a counselor over the phone.

Call: 1-530-891-2810

24 hour crisis phone line that responds to psychiatric, mental health and substance abuse crises and provides referrals for other behavioral health services.

Call: 1-800-507-3530  

National network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone thinking about suicide can Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text: HOME to 741-741

Both an accredited crisis line and a warmline available 24/7 that specializes in caring conversations for older adults (ages 60+). Providing emotional support, elder abuse reporting, well-being checks, grief support through assistance and reassurance, active suicide intervention. Information and referrals for isolated older adults, and adults living with disabilities.

Call: 1-800-971-0016 to be connected with a trained volunteer who specializes in offering a caring ear and friendly conversation with older adults.

Supporting Children during COVID-19

Offering an online resource for parents, school staff, and others that work with children  tips on talking to children about COVID-19. Online here: 

Offering a youth-facing emotional wellness platform that combines mood tracking and self-guided emotional regulation activities. Children and teens will track their daily emotions, physical needs, and challenges they are experiencing using the Closegap platform. They can then decide if they would like to reach out to an adult or choose a self-guided activity to participate in. Parents or teachers can check the information provided by the children and teens to manage the challenges their children or teens are experiencing such as bullying, emotional regulation, or relationships.

Parents and teachers will create an account at They will be able to select what type of account to create based on their role (parent or teacher). Parents will be able to add their children or teens to their account through their account dashboard by providing an email address and information for their children or teens. Their children or teens will then use their email address to login, create a personal password, and complete their first check-in. Teachers who would like to use Closegap in their classrooms must send out a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to the parents or guardians of their students and receive their consent before adding their students to their account.
For more information about about the COPPA and adding students to their account, see the Educator’s Toolkit on Closegap’s website at

Online resource offering tips to help children cope with the various changes and challenges resulting from COVID-19. 

Available online here.

Offering tele-health evaluations, phone consultations, video chat with clinicians through Facebook Live, and resources to support families during the COVID-19 situation. Telehealth evaluations are available for behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, and ADHD.

Facebook Live events are held twice a day and cover topics such as social anxiety, depression, communicating with teachers, grieving, and supporting children. Individuals may request a phone consultation following a Facebook Live event to follow up on the topic discussed. Other resources provide information and tips for parents to communicate with their children regarding coping with the COVID-19 situation, dealing with loss, and managing anxiety.

No fee for most resources. Fees for evaluations will depend on the type of evaluation or treatment, clinician experience, and an individual’s ability to pay. Financial aid is available for qualifying families with financial need. Intake coordinators will send you a financial aid application before scheduling an appointment.

Clinicians will be available to answer questions M-F: 10am and 4:30pm ET during the Facebook Live events.

To submit a request for an evaluation or phone consultation, complete the form found at After submitting the form, you will be contacted by a staff member who will discuss your concerns, explain their intake process, and schedule an appointment.
– To view past and join future Facebook live sessions, visit
– To access resources, visit the website at

Domestic Violence

Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. Any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised.

If you’re a friend or family member of someone experiencing abuse, you may not be able to visit them in person if you live in an area where there are COVID-19 cases. Seeing someone you care about being hurt is stressful. Remind yourself that you can’t make decisions for someone else, but you can encourage your loved one to think about their wellbeing, safety plan and practice self-care while they are in their home.

For any victims and survivors who need support, call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Offers support and crisis counseling for survivors through a 24-hour hotline staffed by trained domestic violence crisis counselors. Also offers information or help with referrals and resources, safety planning, safe housing, and developing healthy relationships. Support is offered to survivors and friends and family who are supporting survivors. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Dial 1-800-895-8476 for service.

Please Note: In-person services have been suspended for the time being due to COVID-19. 

Offers counseling and advocacy services by phone. Education about the cycle of
violence and how to establish healthy relationships is also offered. Support offered to survivors and friends and family who are supporting survivors. Call during office hours for service. Hours: Chico, M-F: 9am-5pm, Oroville, M-F: 10am-2pm.

To reach the Chico office, call (530)343-7711.
To reach the Oroville office, call (530)532-6427.

Please Note: In-person services have been suspended for the time being due to COVID-19.

Virtual support Groups

Offering meetings conducted through the platform, Zoom to comply with social distancing measures. For meeting times and the links to enter the meetings visit

Offering meetings conducted over the phone or electronically via email or web platforms such as Zoom and Skype to comply with social distancing measures. Eligibility varies depending on the meeting. Some are only open to family and friends while some also allow observers to participate.

Call the Chico Support Line at (530)334-6734.

For electronic or phone meeting times visit:

Offering virtual support groups and activities through Zoom. All groups will be offered remotely via Zoom which can be accessed through a computer/smartphone or by dialing in by phone. Support Groups and activities include: anxiety support, bipolar support, depression support, gratitude group, healthy living, healthy relationships, meditation, processing groups, Radical Self-acceptance, Resiliency and Positivity, Schizophrenia Support, and Self-Care. Iversen Center groups are open to all adults 18 years of age and older.

If you have a computer or smartphone, download the free Zoom App. Or if you have a phone, dial in at 408-638-0968. Please Note: you will not be eligible for the video portion.
*Services continue through May with the same zoom address and password.
Meeting ID: 441-359-7014
Meeting Password: 8793311

To access the monthly schedule, please use the following link:

June Schedule

12-Step Group – 10am-11am (Starting June 1, 2020)
Gratitude Group – 11am
Schizophrenia Support – 12:30 pm
Processing Group – 2pm

Tobacco Awareness – 10am-11am
Anxiety Support – 11:30am
Self‐Care – 1pm
WRAP for Quarantine – 2pm

Healthy Relationships – 9:30am
Express Yourself – 11am
Depression Support – 12pm (Noon)
Processing Group – 1:30pm

Healthy Living – 10am
Anxiety Support – 11:30 am
Meditation – 1pm
Bipolar Support – 2pm

Radical Self‐Acceptance – 9:30‐10:30am
Resiliency & Positivity 11am
Processing Group – 12pm (Noon)
Self Care – 1:30 pm

Group Summaries:
12-step: non-affiliated 12-step program for any addiction, all are welcome!

Anxiety Support: support group centered around education, processing, and coping with symptoms of anxiety.

Bipolar Support: support group for those who experience bipolar symptoms and their caretakers.

Depression Support: a support group for those who experience symptoms of depression and how to combat it.

Express Yourself: come share your artwork, writing, crafts or music!
Gratitude Group: learn to cultivate gratitude and share what you are grateful for!

Healthy Living: education and recipes on healthy eating to promote a healthier life.

Healthy Relationships: explore values, expectations, and necessary skills to have better relationships.

Meditation: join us in a brief check-in and 15-20 minute meditation to promote wellness.

Processing Group: a chance to talk about and process whatever is going on in your life.

Radical Self-acceptance: develop compassion for yourself and love yourself exactly as you are.

Resiliency and Positivity: group centered around cultivating resiliency and positivity to shape our lives.

Schizophrenia Support: education and sharing for those experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia and their caretakers.

Self-Care: explore, discuss, and learn ways to practice self-care and maintain your wellness.

Tobacco Awareness: education, tools, and support to help with nicotine addiction.

WRAP for Quarantine: create a Wellness Recovery Action Plan to help deal with the quarantine.

For questions/concerns or experiencing technical difficulties, please contact 530-879-3311 or email
Iversen Center: 530-879-3311; Med Clinic: 530-879-3974
Sign up for the Iversen Center email list:
Northern Valley TalkLine (11:30am‐9:30pm Everyday), call: 855‐582‐5554

Stonewall Alliance Center in Chico is offering free virtual social and support groups. Groups include: SOFA, QT*POC, LGBT*Q+ Teens, Trans* Stonewall, Queer Autters, LGBT*Q+ Young Adults, Trans* Teens and more. Virtual groups are available to all. No registration is required. Participants must have internet access and download the Zoom app. 

For hours and a complete list of social/support groups, use the following link:

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