L.A. County Department of Mental Health Resources
Need to Talk?
Mental health resources are available to provide compassion and support during this difficult time. Call the L.A. County Department of Mental Health 24/7 ACCESS hotline at 800-854-7771, text LA to 741741, or visit the Department of Mental Health’s COVID-19 resources page at https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, was launched nationwide in July 2022 providing 24/7 confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or experiencing mental health or substance use-related distress. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained crisis counselors who will listen, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. Learn more at: https://988lifeline.org/ The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) will now connect to the 988 Lifeline.
Friendship Line California (emotional support for older adults): 1-888-670-1360
L.A. County Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-978-3600
Crisis Text Line: Text LA to 741741
Dealing with Grief
During the pandemic, so many of us have experienced loss – from the loss of our ”normal” time with family and friends to the loss of a loved one. No matter the loss, it’s okay to grieve. How Right Now, a communications campaign supported by the CDC Foundation in partnership with the CDC, provides resources that support mental health during the pandemic and offers ideas for ways to cope with COVID-19 related stress and grief. Learn more at howrightnow.org.
Free Access to Headspace Plus
The L.A. County Department of Mental Health has partnered with Headspace to offer L.A. County residents free subscriptions to its digital platform for improving mindfulness, relaxation and well-being as a mental health resource during this unprecedented public health crisis.
Headspace’s vast library of content includes guided meditations, workout videos and sleep-promoting sounds, all of which can be readily accessed from your computer, tablet or smartphone!
To learn more about Headspace and to sign up for your free subscription, please visit https://www.headspace.com/lacounty
California Surgeon General Resources
The California Surgeon General’s Office has helpful resources on the state’s coronavirus website, www.covid19.ca.gov
For emotional support and well-being resources, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/resources-for-emotional-support-and-well-being
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of tips and resources for coping with COVID-19-related stress for parents, high-risk individuals, health care providers, communities, people coming out of quarantine, first responders and more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
World Health Organization Resources
If the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your mental health, the World Health Organization recommends minimizing 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.