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:

Click here for an article on free N95 Mask Distribution.  

The public can request Covid tests online at or by phone at 1-800-232-0233. Each household can receive 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address. For more information, click here.

Booster shot information and locations:

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:

Hear stories from people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine in this short 3 minute video: Click here

MHA Covid-19 update – july 2020 – now offering in-person and virtual services

Mental Health Resources are available for New Yorkers who need them! Even though it’s officially summer and New York continues to reopen and rebuild, we can’t underestimate the mental and emotional strain of the pandemic. New Yorkers can call our support hotline at 1-844-863-9314.

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

Crisis Text Line – Available 24/7 by texting “HOME” to 741741.

211 – Lifeline – our local source for resources and support.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.  We can all help prevent suicide.  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 is 1-800-985-5990 or text  “TalkWithUs” to 66746.  Offers 24/7 emotional support and if you have any medical concerns, you can speak to a trusted healthcare provider.

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 is 1-844-863-9314

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.

If you are feeling like you need to talk to someone who understands what you are going through, please call our warm line.  We are here to help.  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. The warm line, which is operated 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, is 585-563-7470. Call us today.

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) website has resources for those in great need.

MHA’s Covid Support Group offers peer support to those who are experiencing challenges with quarantine, isolation and/or recovery due to a Covid-19 diagnosis. Registration Required.

If you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider.  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:  Monroe County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at (585) 753-5555 or you can email


Monroe County Crisis Services

Monroe County’s Website for Coronavirus Resources


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.  (

Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Not only do we offer information on Alcohol Use Disorder, but we also have comprehensive information regarding treatment options. 

Addiction Group – Alcohol misuse and abuse are widespread issues affecting millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Our team of journalists, researchers, doctors, and medical professionals has created 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.


MHA’s Mental Health Talks and other informational videos:

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.  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 methods, 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.  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 on whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters.  The app then provides you with 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 in a different way and ‘Release’ provides safe alternatives to self-injury.  There is also a ‘Breathe’ category to help calm and get back in 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 change.

Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) – SAM is a friendly app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.  SAM has been developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists, and student users.  Established methods of self-help have been combined with high standards of usability to provide an engaging, flexible, and practical resource.

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.

Breathe – Slow down, take a deep breath…how are you feeling, what are you thinking?  Check-in with your emotions to receive daily meditation and mindfulness recommendations tuned to how you feel.  This calming meditation app experience is uniquely designed to help you stay mindful, de-stress, sleep better, and buld the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs.  Mindfulness & meditation is the practice, Stop, Breathe & Think is the process.

Not OK – The notOK App™ takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you’re feeling 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 our negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.


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