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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

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:

Offering a hotline to answer faculty, staff, and student questions about a variety of COVID-19-related topics. Information on identifying symptoms, guidance for prevention and slowing the spread of COVID-19, and referrals to WellCat services can be made through the hotline. Services callers can be referred to include basic medical care, mental health services, support groups, and access to confidential Safe Place advocates. Phone line available during the summer Monday-Thursday from 7:30am-5pm. Calls received after hours will be returned on the next business day.

Call: 530-898-2222 or Email hotline staff at :

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

As of Jan 1, 2020 Family Therapy is now a covered benefit under Medi-Cal. Family therapy will be reimbursable for treatment of mental health conditions in children and adults. Family therapy is also reimbursable for prevention of mental health conditions in children with specified risk factors.

For More Information:

Tips for caregivers, parents, and teachers during infectious disease outbreaks. The following tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.

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:

Iverson Wellness & Recovery Center will open its doors on March 1st. Call 530-879-3311 to make an appointment to socialize, talk to one of the Peer supporters, use the computer lab or attend groups. Appointments are required and are limited to two hours. Groups will be offered both in person and via Zoom, as shown on the Iversen Wellness Center’s calendar. Those who would like to attend an in-person group, must call and reserve their spot. Space will be limited. Masks will be required at all times. The Iversen Wellness and Recovery Center can no longer offer coffee or kitchen services.

Offering virtual support groups and activities through Zoom. All groups offered remotely can be accessed with 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, Resilience and Positivity, Schizophrenia Support, and Self-Care. Support Groups and activities offered may vary on a monthly basis. 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 March with the same zoom address and password.
Meeting ID: 441-359-7014
Meeting Password: 8793311

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

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

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

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!

Games Group: come join us in playing fun games!

Gratitude Group: learn to cultivate gratitude and share what you are grateful for!

Grief & Loss: support and comfort for the grief and loss in our lives of anything or anyone that was important
to us.

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.

Morning Meditation & Conversations: join us in a short morning meditation followed by good, light conversation.

Music Group: join us in singing and playing along to good natured songs with Davy!

Optimism & Positivity: group centered around cultivating optimism and positivity to shape our lives.

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.

Resilience and Positivity: group centered around cultivating resilience 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

Wellness Videos: join in watching and discussing a 15-30 minute video on various subjects of wellness and recovery.

Why Not Try?: a positive start to the week celebrating participating in life and trying new things.

Writing Activity: Themes or prompts are suggested to help start the writing process, with time for sharing.

Colorful Conversations: join us for fun, light conversations while we work on coloring pages from home.

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

Diverse Minds Workshop: have any questions or need instructions for how to submit your entries for the Diverse Minds 2020 Journal? Join our open forum

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous: A group for people in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness

Stress Awareness: group to discuss factors that contribute to our stress and how to counteract them

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:

Offering a virtual site resources and education on prevention and help for suicide. Includes interactive ways to learn about suicide prevention.

Available online:

Offering weekly mutual support groups that focus on family empowerment, mental health, well-being through Zoom or Google Meet to Latino and Hmong families. For the monthly schedule and a link to join the groups, please contact Promotores at 530-345-1600. 

Offering a support group for adults with mental illness via Zoom to comply with social distancing guidelines.Individuals who are interested in joining may contact Judy ( to register and get Zoom information, and to ask the questions they may have.

Meetings held on the fourth Mondays of the month. 

Offering a support group for individuals with family members living with mental illness via Zoom to comply with social distancing guidelines. Individuals who are interested in joining may contact Patti Pierce by email ( to register and get zoom information, and to ask any questions they may have. 

First Tuesday of the month. 

Check in On your Neighbors

Neighbor Check-ins COVID-19. Californians can safely help older adults and those with chronic health issues who are at higher risk from COVID-19.