Mental Health Association
COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Resources For Our Community
We will be updating this information as it becomes available.
Resources and periodic updates for Monroe County can be found at this site: https://www.monroecounty.gov/health-COVID-19.
Click here for an article on free N95 Mask Distribution.
The public can request Covid tests online at Covidtests.gov or by phone at 1-800-232-0233. In addition, each household can receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address. For more information, click here.
Booster shot information and locations: https://www.monroecounty.gov/health-covid19-vaccine.
Vaccine appointments are available via phone – use the New York State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829) or register on the “NYS Am I Eligible” website via this link: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.
Hear stories from people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in this short 3-minute video: Click here
Click the Link Below to watch an interview with Our own
Melanie Funchess, Director of Community Engagement!
Rochester Mental Health Expert Seeks to Calm Coronavirus Fears, Anxiety
Important Phone Numbers and Hotlines
Crisis Text Line – Available 24/7 by texting “HOME” to 741741.
211 – Lifeline – Local source for resources and support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
National Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. It offers 24/7 emotional support, and you can speak to a trusted healthcare provider if you have any medical concerns.
Suicide Prevention Center of NY (SPCNY) We all have a role to play in preventing suicides. Suicide is a complex problem. But through our collective action, we can save lives. New York State is committed to preventing suicides. This site was designed to provide a comprehensive set of tools, information, and resources to support the effort.
NY State OMH (Office of Mental Health) Emotional Support Line: 844-863-9314
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
AFFINITY PLACE WARM LINE SERVICE
The Affinity Place Warm Line service is staffed by Peer Support Specialists who understand that, at times, it can be easier to talk to individuals who have had similar experiences.
Affinity Place warm line is operated 24 hours per day and seven days per week, is 585-563-7470.
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) website has resources for those in great need.
Call your healthcare provider if you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Do not visit your doctor’s office or an emergency room without calling first so staff members can take appropriate precautions. If you do not have a health care provider, contact: the Monroe County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at (585) 753-5555, or you can email COVID19@monroecounty.gov.
Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety – Read on for five tips to help you establish a sense of normalcy and maintain your mental health during this time. (Psychology.org)
Alcohol Rehab Help – is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Addiction Group – A fact-based resource center on alcohol addiction and treatment. Learn more about causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Understanding Screen Addiction and Responsible Digital Use – Have you been spending more time on your phone or laptop? The way we spend our time has been changing as a result of COVID-19. Whether it’s during a lockdown or as we adjust to new norms, it’s likely you’ve been spending more time on your devices.
Apps to Download:
Calm – Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. It is recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts.
What’s Up? – A free app utilizing some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and more! With a beautiful, modern design, simple heading, and easy-to-follow techniques, you can get to what helps you the most in seconds.
Calm Harm – Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Please get started by setting your password so that it’s completely private. You can personalize it if you wish by choosing the background color theme and deciding whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters. The app then provides four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. ‘Distract’ helps in learning self-control; ‘Comfort’ helps you care rather than harm; ‘Express yourself’ gets those feelings out differently; ‘Release’ provides safe alternatives to self-injury. There is also a ‘Breathe’ category to help calm and regain control. You can do the activities for either blocks of five minutes or fifteen minutes with a countdown for each minute. You will be able to track your progress and notice changes.
MindShift – Is anxiety getting in the way of your life? MindShift uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.
Not OK – The notOK App™ takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you feel vulnerable. We’ll notify your trusted contacts that they’ve been selected as your support group, so when the time comes, and you need to reach out, you’ll just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK App™ button.
MoodTools – If you are feeling sad, anxious, or depressed, lift your mood with MoodTools! MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.