COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is Now Available 24/7

Submitted by rudyarispe on August 11, 2020 - 7:35pm

If you’ve been feeling anxious, stressed or depressed lately because of the Covid-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. That’s why the Texas Health and Human Services recently launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line that you can call.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919

“Through this new effort, we are connecting Texans with mental health professionals who can help provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed,” Sonja Gaines, deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services, said in a news release. “It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are not uncommon to experience in the face of a rapidly changing situation like a pandemic.”

Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.

For general health-related information and precautions on COVID-19, people can visit the DSHS webpage and the CDC webpage. To stay up-to-date on the latest news impacting HHS services and regulated providers, people can visit the HHS COVID-19 webpage.