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Resources for Help

by Peter Jaret  

Recovering from the fear and social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic likely won’t be easy for many of us. If you’re struggling with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, confusion, or depression, here are some places to turn for help:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Disaster Distress Helpline
Crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including COVID-19
1-800-985-5990
TTY: 1-800-846-8517

SAMHSA National Helpline
Treatment referral to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations
1-800-662-HELP
TTY: 1-800-487-4889
Findtreatment.samhsa.gov

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 free and confidential support for persons in distress
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

National Institute on Aging
Friendship Line
A 24-hour crisis line for people 60 and older and adults living with disabilities
1-800-971-0016

Eldercare Locator
A national information and referral resource for assistance
1-800-677-1116
Eldercare.acl.gov

CONNECT2AFFECT
An online resource with tools and information to help you reach out to others in your community
www.connect2affect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Confidential 24/7 help for victims and survivors of domestic violence
1-800-799-7233
TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Text LOVEIS to 22522
www.thehotline.org

This article appeared in the June 2020 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.