Mental Health Resources



mental health resources

Explore the provided resources below for a variety of free assistance, educational links and related information for coping, help with stress and more.



Recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Mental health is an important part of your overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It may also affect how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.

People with pre-existing mental health conditions or substance use disorders may be particularly vulnerable in an emergency. Mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior in a way that influences their ability to relate to others and function each day. These conditions may be situational (short-term) or long-lasting (chronic). People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. If you think you have new or worse symptoms, call your healthcare provider.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. Free and confidential resources can also help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

Get immediate help in a crisis

• In case of emergency, call 911
• Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 // CALL or TEXT 
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or TEXT: 8388255
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (en Espanol): 1-888-628-9454
• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
• National Alliance on Mental Illness:, 1-800-950-6264 or
• National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 // CALL or TEXT 
• National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
• Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
• The Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116
• Mental Health America
• Mental Health Treatment Facilities Locator
• Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Locator


coping with stress and anxiety

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

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10 Easy Ways You Can Practice Mindfulness

We're literally missing out on most of our own lives, which leaves us feeling shallow, empty and deeply unsettled. The great news is you can learn to be more present and mindful. Here are 10 easy ways you can practice mindfulness in your daily life.



Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19

The uncertainty associated with a global health crisis like COVID-19 challenges everyone's ability to cope. Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 Online is a free online course offered by the American Red Cross (ARC) that will help you to build resilience and support yourself and others through this crisis by reviewing basic principles of providing psychological first aid, including how to recognize and manage stress in yourself and in others and how to lend support to family members, friends and coworkers during and following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online is a six-hour free online course for community response workers who provide early assistance to affected children, families and adults as part of an organized response effort to disaster.

PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share about experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. Learn more in the SAMHSA webinar on Psychological First Aid (PFA).

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Whether you are at home or at the Y, we are here to support healthy living in mind, body and spirit. Join us in our facilities, programs and services and connect with staff, volunteers and other members, or enjoy a variety of virtual resources to keep your mind and body healthy and engaged. 

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