Mental Health Resources

During a pandemic, like COVID-19, it is not uncommon for people to experience feelings of fear, depression or anxiety. Those feelings are heightened when we have a 24-hour news cycle delivering a steady stream of information and content. To assist in trying to cut through some of the noise, we’d like to offer the following resources for mental health support. The links below are for both our frontline healthcare workers and anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by the current situation. Please share with those you know would benefit from this information.

Mental Health Resources and Information for Healthcare Providers

Help Lines

Hope4Healers Helpline
From the North Carolina Psychological Foundation, providing mental health and resilience support for healthcare professionals, 24/7.

Mental Health Support Line
Free mental health support line for Medical Workers by Magellan Health, INC

Web Based Resources

American Medical Association
Managing mental health during COVID-19

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
To support psychiatric-mental health nurses as they address concerns and promote mental health during this time

Care for Corona
Free counseling and healing sessions for health care providers

Free 30-minute professional life coaching sessions for healthcare professionals 

Free premium access to meditation app through 2020 for healthcare providers

More Powerful NC
Attorney General Josh Stein has worked with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to develop resources to connect you to information, services, and support during this difficult time.

Western Carolina Medical Society: Healthy Healer
Wellness Resource Library: COVID-19 resources for providers

Mental Health Resources for the General Public

Help Lines

Call 211
Hotline named by Governor Cooper for resources, disaster/pandemic response covering all counties; Text 898211 for notifications. For local WNC callers; if having trouble getting through to 211, contact 828-252-4357

Hope4NC Helpline
Connecting people to additional mental health and resilience supports. Available 24/7 to speak to a live person.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. 

Vaya Health’s 24/7 Access to Care Line
Available to western North Carolina residents experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis while the agency responds to the novel coronavirus.

Web Based Resources

Better Help
Online access to counseling and therapy
A 23-minute Guided Meditation for working with anxiety

Free one-month online therapy sessions
Providing free online therapy for all healthcare workers and discounted subscriptions for the general public

UNC Health
Free webinar on “Coping with Uncertainty About the Coronavirus.”