By Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee, April 7, 2020
With unemployment soaring, a statewide stay-at-home order and no end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, this is a trying time for the mental health of all Californians.
To that end, the state maintains a resource at covid19.ca.gov that includes advice and multiple hotlines to call.
The site also offers some advice to people struggling at home.
That advice includes limiting social media and news intake, and being mindful of your sources of news. It also includes suggestions to maintain contact (via distance) with family and friends, to eat healthy foods, moderate intake of alcohol and contact your health provider if anxiety is interfering with your daily activities.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides confidential assistance to anyone affected by domestic violence through a live chat and a free 24-hour hotline: 800-799-7233.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline: 800-273-8255. WellSpace Health operates the Sacramento region’s 24-hour hotline: 916-368-3111 or text HOPE to 916-668-4226.
Other hotlines that the state website includes are the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741), the California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines (phone numbers available at the link) and, for non-emergencies, the California Peer-Run Warm Line at 1-855-845-7415.
The site also includes resources for finding mental health services, whether through Medi-Cal or through private insurance.