Mental Health during COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has been universally stressful — and the word “pandemic” itself creates anxiety.

The longer-term nature of the outbreak has meant significant changes to long-held routines and behaviors. With the added requirements to wear masks and to continue to stay apart from friends and relatives, many are struggling to find balance.

It’s important to take care of yourself and find ways to reduce your stress level and support your mental health — and to help your family do the same. These resources may help:

Essex County also offers a resource page for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and Other Resources.

Resources for Living with Mental Illness

Those living with existing mental illness may find their conditions worsening during this time. These guides provide advice and information on where to reach out for help. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 9-1-1, text 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line, or call/text one of the lines listed here.

Resources for Children and Families

These free, downloadable resources can help parents communicate with kids about COVID-19.

Resources for Older Adults

Click here to find information about cognitive health, friendship & mental health, and elder abuse.

Bereavement Support Groups

If you have experienced the death of a loved one during this time, there is support available.

Visit our Mental Health page for more information and resources for crisis situations, children, veterans, and stress.