Mental Health Tips
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746
- CDC Managing Stress & Anxiety
- NAMI Resources: COVID-19’s impact on mental health, and how we can reject stigma and build resilience during this time
- Change Direction
- Look Up Indiana: You can filter your search results to locate counselors, residential and inpatient providers, recovery residences, shelters, social service organizations, support groups, and more.
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: Has the coronavirus increased your thoughts of suicide? You’re not alone if you’re struggling with your mental health due to COVID-19.
- If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.
- Resources from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- 5 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety During this Outbreak
- Fishers Cares: A volunteer community effort supporting the City of Fishers Mental Health Initiative.You can connect with mental health support by meeting with a Care Giver to help you assess needs and next steps.
- The Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care hotline: 616-742-9199
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Seven Things to do if Social Distancing is Triggering Your Depression
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak - Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation
- Excellent tips for taking care of your emotional wellbeing
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak"
Online Counseling (Telemental Health)
- Talk Space
- Get an Assessment - Chat with a matching therapist to identify your therapy needs.
- Choose the Right Plan - Choose a payment plan that suits your budget. Plans start at $65/wk.
- Find Your Match - We’ll help you find the best therapist for you.
- Begin therapy - Start messaging your primary therapist anytime, anywhere.
- Answer a few questions about yourself and the challenges you’re currently facing.
- Create a private username and password to get access to the system
- Enter payment information. Plans start at $40/week and you can apply for financial aid.
- Based on your needs, we’ll match you with a qualified licensed professional counselor. If you are not satisfied, you can switch at any time.
- Begin the counseling process in any way that you want: text, phone or video.
Finding Treatment for Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse Disorder
- Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction’s List of Local Treatment Providers
- National treatment locator
- Have Hope: Teen suicide prevention resources. Partnership between Community Health Network and WTHR-TV Channel 13.
- TEXT “IN” TO 741741 or CALL 800.273.8255
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- What to Do When Your Child on the Autism Spectrum’s Routine Is Disrupted by the Coronavirus
- National Association of School Psychologists
- NPR Comic
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- The Child Mind Institute
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Resource for Treatment Providers Regarding Caring for Patient’s Emotional Well-Being
Outreach to the Hispanic/Latinx Community
- Video about the Signs of Emotional Suffering for the Hispanic/Latinx Community
- Spanish - Talking with Children about COVID-19
Grief & Loss
- Helping Children Cope with Change: Resource for parents as we continue to navigate this time. There are some useful tips here on how families can adapt/adjust to their new normal.
- Supporting Children and Teens when Someone is Dying: Helpful guide for parents as they navigate talking their child if they know a family member is dying. This has been edited to speak to COVID-19 and how families can talk about what is going on with the family member as well as honor them.
- Grief During COVID-19: This document talks about how families can support one another while grieving during this time.
How do I explain COVID-19 to my family?
Don’t be afraid to discuss COVID-19 with your children, but let them guide the conversation. It is important to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress. Remind your children that the adults are working to address this concern and give them actions they can take to protect themselves.
- Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and the adults are there to help keep them healthy. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
- Upper elementary and intermediate school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
- Junior high school and high school children are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
- Make yourself available.
- It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them.
- Avoid excessive blaming.
- It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
- Be honest and accurate.
- In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
- Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe.
- An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking.