The impact of COVID-19 has been a hard one on most, if not all, of us. In some cases it has been hard physically, financially, mentally and emotionally as it’s had an impact on our families and friends. Sometimes, just talking to someone about it confidentially is all we really need.

We’re all in this together; the entire world continues to deal with COVID-19 and its impact. Many of us will deal with stress and anxiety on some level. Among the resources available to assist in managing all this new anxiety is the SAMHSA Distress Helpline, provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 24 hours a day. It’s a source of crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to disaster like COVID-19 who just want to talk it out.

Think of it this way — we’re talking about physical distancing, not social distancing, as we need to be social as much as much as possible in this trying time, and the counselors at SAMHSA are there to help.

To connect with a trained SAMHSA crisis counselor, call 1-800-985-5990 (press “2” for Spanish), or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

In the meantime, SAMHSA has put out a list of tips for supporting yourself in this time of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation