Caring for your emotional well-being is especially important right now, and LA County's Department of Mental Health (DMH) is here to help. DMH's newly expanded Help Line(800-854-7771) is free and confidential for all of LA County’s 10 million residents. The County strives to meet the linguistic needs of its diverse communities and offers assistance by providing services in your language of choice. Callers can be referred to:
mental health & crisis services through the ACCESS Center (available 24/7);
emotional support through the Emotional Support Line; and
referrals & services for veterans and military family members through the Veterans Line
Coping with Stress
If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or frustrated with the news surrounding COVID-19, there are several ways mental health professionals recommend for coping with stress and supporting yourself:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. While physical distancing is in place, you can call, email, text message, or use social media to connect with your friends and family.
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:
Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health’s 24/7 hotline at 800-854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517).
If you are feeling suicidal or having suicidal ideations, call 911 immediately.