Where To Find Mental Health Support During The Coronavirus Pandemic

May 6, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic persists, many people are experiencing fear, grief and loneliness as they struggle with layoffs, self-isolation and adapting to a new normal.

Crisis hotlines across the country are seeing a jump in calls. The emotional toll caused by the pandemic could result in a spike of mental health and substance abuse disorders, suicides and domestic abuse.   

Below is a list of programs and facilities that offer help to those feeling overwhelmed during this time. If you know of additional programs that should be included, please email news@kut.org.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Para llamadas en Espanol: 1-888-628-9454.

Crisis Text Line: Text “HELP” to 741741.

Texas Health and Human Services Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919 (toll-free), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Providing immediate counseling for people experiencing emotional distress. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Integral Care: Provides support for adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. 24-hour crisis hotline: 512-472-HELP (4357).

The SAFE Alliance: Helping those experiencing child abuse, sexual assault, trafficking and domestic violence with comprehensive services and support. Call 512-267-SAFE (7233).

The Austin Center for Grief and Loss: Expanding services for people suffering extreme stress, anxiety and other mental health impacts due to COVID 19. Call 512-472-7878.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Central Texas: One of the largest mental health organizations, NAMI offers support groups, classes and free mental health webinars to address mental health and wellbeing. National Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741.

The Anxiety & Stress Clinic at UT Austin: Providing up to three free, remote stress management sessions for individuals experiencing high levels of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services: Mental health care providers to help individuals and families improve mental wellbeing. To schedule an appointment, call 844-309-6385.

Hill Country MHDD Center: Provides support for mental health, individual disability and substance abuse.

Communities for Recovery: Supports long-term recovery for substance abuse and mental health conditions. To talk to a coach, call 512-758-7686.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction Rehab, Treatment & Recovery Resources in Texas: A guide and search tool to find rehabilitation resources and facilities in Texas.

YWCA Greater Austin: Offering mental health counseling and other care services. Call 512-326-1222.

Samaritan Center: Offering free groups and counseling across Central Texas, and in Georgetown, in particular. All services are provided via private telehealth platform. Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Regular line: 512-451-7337. Veteran line: 512-466-4454