Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Emotional reactions to this health crisis are expected. Remind yourself, your family, and your friends that feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed or having other symptoms of distress such as trouble sleeping is normal. If symptoms become worse, encourage them, and yourself, to reach out for support and help. 


Stay Connected to Your Community

  • Your support network has never been more important to your well-being. Relationships with others gives us a sense of perspective, reminds us that we are not alone in the world, and helps to support our mood. Remind yourself to reach out to friends, loved ones, neighbors, a clergyperson, therapist, or other supportive person on a regular basis. Use these free tools to stay connected.
  • Peer support groups are also available to help you build and engage with a community of individuals who empathize with what you are experiencing.
    • NAMI offers free, safe and confidential virtual peer support groups so you can talk with others who understand your experience:
    • If you or a loved one are suffering from Depression or Bipolar Disorder, the DBSAlliance is here to provide connection and caring during this time of crisis:


Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

If you, or someone you care about, are finding these times too overwhelming to deal with, we're here to help. Please call one of these free, confidential resources: 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago helpline at 833-626-4244, Mon-Fri 9am-8pm & Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
  • Bright Star Community Outreach trauma counseling at 833-TURN-123, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
  • Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers teletherapy at 312-747-1020, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm. 
  • For after-hours support, text HOME to 741-741 to be connected with a crisis counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional Resources for Managing Your and Your Family’s Anxiety


Bilingual Supports for Parents During COVID-19 - Apoyos bilingües para padres durante COVID-19

  • The Erikson Institute’s Center for Children and Families is pleased to offer high-quality, virtual therapy services to parents and caregivers of children 0-5 in both English and Spanish, regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Most major insurances are accepted, and services can also be provided on a sliding scale or pro-bono basis. Parents and caregivers can reach out to set up an appointment through our intake line at 312-709-0508 (English) or 312-934-6446 (Spanish), or by visiting
  • Another critical resource for parents with young children is Erikson’s Fussy Baby NetworkIf you are struggling to care for a baby under age 1 who is crying excessively, or having difficulties sleeping or feeding, consider utilizing this service.There are no fees for Fussy Baby services during “shelter in place” orders. Our team of infant specialists are available Monday – Friday (9-5 p.m.) to support parents, and can be reached at 888-431-2229 or at


  • El Centro para Niños y Familias del Instituto Erikson se complace en ofrecer servicios de terapia virtual de alta calidad a padres y cuidadores de niños de 0 a 5 años en inglés y español, independientemente de su capacidad de pago.
  • Se aceptan la mayoría de los seguros principales, y los servicios también se pueden proporcionar en una escala móvil o de forma gratuita. Los padres y cuidadores pueden comunicarse para programar una cita a través de nuestra línea de admisión al 312-709-0508 (inglés) o 312-934-6446 (español), o visitando
  • Otro recurso crítico para los padres con niños pequeños es la red de bebés de Erikson. Si tiene dificultades para cuidar a un bebé menor de 1 año que llora en exceso o tiene dificultades para dormir o alimentarse, considere utilizar este servicio. No hay tarifas por los servicios de Fussy Baby durante los pedidos de "refugio en el lugar". Nuestro equipo de especialistas en bebés está disponible de lunes a viernes (9-5 p.m.) para apoyar a los padres, y puede comunicarse con ellos al 888-431-2229 o en


Additional Resources, Including Those Available in Languages Other Than English -Recursos Adicionales

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