May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year it seems even more important given the strain that a pandemic can put on anyone’s mental health. We feel it personally and we see it in our community, COVID-19 is a hard thing to process even for those of us without underlying mental health concerns.
1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone.
The CDC has provided these tips to cope with stress during COVID-19
- Pause. Breathe. Notice how you feel.
- Take Breaks from COVID-19 content
- Make time to sleep and exercise
- Reach out and stay connected
- Seek help if overwhelmed or unsafe
We see many customers that include cannabis products in their mental health routines but for many, it may not be enough. There are numerous resources for anyone grappling with mental health or know someone who is. We’ve compiled a list to make it easier for you to find the right resources quickly.
LA County Department of Public Health Help Line: (800) 854-7771
The LADMH 24/7 Help Line serves as a primary entry point for mental health services with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Some of their services include:
- Mental health screening and assessment
- Referral to a service provider
- Crisis counseling
211 LA County: Dial 2-1-1 within Los Angeles County
211 LA County is the hub for all types of health, human and social services in Los Angeles County, providing callers with information and referrals to the services that best meet their needs.
Crisis Text Line: Text “LA” to 741741
Free 24/7 support at your fingertips. Connect with a trained crisis counselor and receive free crisis support via text message from anywhere in the United States, at anytime of day or night. The Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis and a live, trained crisis counselor will receive your text. Your text conversation is confidential and happens on their secure online platform. If you prefer texting to calling, the Crisis Text Line is a great resource for you.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress as well as providing resources for those close to someone in distress.
Substance Abuse Service Helpline: (844) 804-7500
Operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, this hotline provides screening, resources and service referrals for substance abuse disorders.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): (800) 950-6264
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. There are chapters across the country but you can connect directly with a chapter closest to you in LA via these links:
NAMI East San Gabriel Valley
The LADMH has also compiled a list of great articles focused on COVID-19 and mental health. Check out this link (https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/) for tips on coping with stress and anxiety, peer support resources, and more.
For general COVID-19 information, recommendations & updates:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Coronavirus website
- Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 website
- Los Angeles County’s Roadmap to Recovery website
- California Department of Public Health COVID-19 updates
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus updates
- World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus website
- LA County residents can also call 2-1-1
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