We want to encourage you to do what you need for your mental health in these difficult times. Heightened anxiety related to COVID-19 is expected, but can be extremely draining, scary, and stressful. Some tips to help you protect your mental health include limiting social media time, asking friends and family to limit talking about the news, and to take times to do things you enjoy. We want to stress the importance of referring to credible sources for safety information and updates in order to ensure you are receiving accurate and useful information! Some examples are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Idaho’s COVID Help Now Line
Call or text (986) 867-1073 or call toll free (866) 947-5186
Responders on the COVID Help Now Line are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain Time, seven days a week, to provide non-clinical and confidential short-term interventions and resource linkage to people experiencing difficulties related to the impacts of COVID-19 . Responders focus on resiliency-building, emotional support, resource linkage, and coping mechanisms. There are Spanish-speaking responders available, and assistance can be provided in additional languages through translation services.
Please refer to the list of resources below. Our team will update this curated list from time to time.
- Click here to access Idaho Counseling Association’s Directory of Telehealth providers you may contact for an appointment while you self isolate.
- Click here to access Psychology Today’s list of Idaho telehealth providers which gives you access to counselors and social workers around the state offering online counseling services.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC): Managing anxiety and stress related to COVID-19 (consumer resource)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): COVID-19 Information and Resources (consumer resource)
- World Health Organization: COVID-19 Updates
- The Jed Foundation: COVID-19 and managing mental health (consumer and family resource)
- The HOPE Centre: COVID-19 Response Resources (college student resource)
- Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus (parent, teacher, guardian resource)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Coronavirus information (provider resource)
- Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network: Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 (technical support)
- NAMI at Home Series: Isolation and Bipolar Disorder (consumer resource)
- Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (family resource)
- BBC: Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
- For those facing financial hardship: The Idaho State Department of Education’s Nutrition Program has created a comprehensive geo map of all school locations offering food for children. You can access this statewide map here.