The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

Crisis Text Line

Get free confidential, 24/7 support for anxiety, text “HOME” to 741741.

Disaster Distress Hotline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

Suicidal Prevention Lifeline

Free, confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for oneself and other Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Mental Health

24-Hour Crisis Helpline, call 210-223-7233.

12-Steps Recovery

Call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 210-828-6235.

Homeless Connection

Open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 210-207-1799.

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Texas Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 statewide COVID-19 mental health support line. Call the toll-free number 833-986-1919, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Trevor Project

TrevorLifeline (1-866-488-7386), TrevorChat, and TrevorText (text START to 678678), as well as TrevorSpace, an online community for LGBTQ+ people ages 13-24.

LGBT National Help Center

A national hotline for both youths and seniors, as well as online peer-support chat rooms and a weekly youth chatroom for queer kids age 19 or younger.

Homeless Connection

Open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 210-207-1799.

Trans Lifeline

A phone hotline for and by trans people is also encouraging callers to reach out for support.

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Here are some helpful tips from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

  • 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 drug.
  • 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.
  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
  • Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
  • Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
  • Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
  • Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
  • Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.


The Rape Crisis Center

The Rape Crisis Center is providing counseling by phone and online, a 24/7 hotline, and advocacy for sexual violence survivors, an online healthy relationships curriculum for grades 6-12, an online book club, and is still accepting applications for volunteers.

Guardian House

Guardian House is offering a free online support group for families, facilitated by a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate. Offered every Monday-Friday at 12 pm. Email to register or get more information.

Clarity Child Guidance Center

Clarity Child Guidance Center, which provides mental health treatment to young people, is offering telepsychiatry.