The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life and work for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated. You’re not alone. This resource guide was created to help you cope during this challenging time. We have compiled a variety of resources here, but there are many more programs and solutions out there, so think of this as a way to get started. If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or contact your health care provider. Feel free to share these resources – and remember to look out for one another and support each other.
There are strategies for managing stress:
- Be mindful of your intake of information from news sources, and consider taking breaks.
- Maintain social contact by phone, text or Internet with supportive relationships such as family and friends.
- Treat your body kindly: Eat healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and exercise when you can.
- Contact your health care provider if your anxiety interferes with daily activities.
Coping & Mindfulness
Change the Conversation
COVID-19 related closures have sent many of us to our home offices, kitchen counters, and dining tables for remote study or work – or none at all. For many, having to unexpectedly leave or disengage with our community – even if just for a short time – can be stressful. For others, this pandemic may be exacerbating symptoms of anxiety or other mental illnesses.
Pandemics Can Be Stressful
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Continually updated by the APA for psychologists, health-care workers and the public.
Mental Health Resources
News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression – even when your risk of getting sick is low. During an infectious disease outbreak, please take the time to care for your own physical and mental health, and please reach out to others in kindness and compassion.
Information and Resources Guide
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in an unprecedented crisis that affects not only our physical health and daily lives, but also our mental health. To address these needs, NAMI is committed to providing credible information and resources to help people navigate through this crisis. In this guide, you will find answers to questions ranging from how to manage anxiety during this difficult time, to how to access medication while in quarantine, to how to deal with the loss of a loved one to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Pandemic Information
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the associated anxiety. For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as essential to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them. To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress throughout the population. The considerations presented in this document have been developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as a series of messages that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.
Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Meditation, psychological support, and an informational podcast by leading psychologists.
Meditation and mindfulness website affiliated with Oxford University offers meditation courses and free downloadable mediations.
UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
A full complement of free mindfulness exercises, from simple 3-minute meditations to 6-week online classes and weekly live podcasts.
Free access to the largest library of guided meditations on earth. There is something for everyone, including the recommended Yoga Nidra sleep meditation by Hilary Jackendoff.
Stop Breath Think
This popular mindfulness site has a 5-minute approach to mindfulness, as well as free downloadable meditations.
Quiet Mind Cafe
Free meditation to help you fall asleep. It rolls into a longer meditation when the first one ends – in case you need a little more!
Resources include an "Ask the Therapist" feature where you can submit specific questions.
Professional, confidential and free employee assistance services are designed to help
you and your loved ones improve your quality of life.
Resilience is more than coping; it’s about confronting crises and difficult situations
without getting overwhelmed by them.
Some simple steps to ensure that your workstation is optimized for ergonomics and comfort.
Behavioral Health Care
Your primary health care provider has plans that often offer counseling, family services, group therapy and psychiatry services.
Health for your mind, body, and spirit
Your mind and body are connected. And your thoughts, feelings, and actions affect your overall well-being. We’re committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal mental, physical, and emotional health.
Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health
27201 Tourney Road, Suite 110
Valencia, CA 91355
Behavioral Health Unit
The Behavioral Health Unit is an LPS designated acute psychiatric care facility. For adult male or female patients in psychological crisis, we provide a warm, friendly, safe, structured and confidential environment staffed by a team of healthcare professionals working in tandem with Henry Mayo’s emergency room, nursing departments and community partners.
The team consists of:
- Psychiatric Certified RNs
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Licensed Psychiatric Technicians
- Social Workers
- Activity Therapists
- Mental Health Care Workers
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
23845 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355
If you or someone you know is struggling with life events, substance abuse, or are living with a known mental illness, Facey can provide the support you need. Our behavioral health providers work with your primary care physician to support your overall well-being using a variety of treatment methods.
14550 Soledad Canyon Road
Canyon Country, CA 91387
27924 Seco Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
26357 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355
Specialty & Women's Health Center
23803 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355
Low- and no-cost options available to you and your family members.
SISC Employee Assistance Program
To access free in-person and virtual therapy:
• Call (800) 999-7222
For participating therapists and psychiatrists:
• Provider Finder
• Call the phone number listed on your ID card
24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 or Chat Now.
Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support.
California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Find phone numbers and links to all the suicide and crisis hotlines by county in California.
CalHOPE Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 833-317-HOPE (4673) Monday – Friday from 7am – 11pm for COVID-19 specific non-emergency support.
California Warm Peer Line: Call 855-845-7415 for 24/7 for non-emergency support to talk to a peer counselor with lived experience.
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text 838255 for 24/7 support.
Friendship Line: Call 888-670-1360 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities.
California Aging and Adult Information Line: Call 800-510-2020 for help finding local assistance.
National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 800-273-8255 (TTY 800-799-4889).
Trevor Project: Call 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: Call 800-273-8255 from 1pm – 9pm for support, information or help finding resources.
This site from Travel & Leisure magazine offers links to free tours of museums around the world.
Anxiety-specific resources include a red "panic button" you can click during a severe anxiety episode and a recording that will "talk you down."
Be The Difference SCV is a comprehensive public campaign to bring awareness, education, and resources to local residents. By spreading awareness through education, we can help break the stigma that is often associated with mental illness. We want to help create self-seeking behaviors for those that may struggle and create a community that is smart about their mental health, and ultimately save lives.
Virtual Support Groups for numerous mental health conditions, as well as free and low cost online therapy, also available in Spanish.
This is a free game described as: A simple beautiful AI companion for joy and self-love. This is a game about self-care and the joy of staying in bed and caring for one's self.
Tests & Vaccinations
If you have symptoms or would like to get tested, please see your primary care physician. You may access free testing here.
Other options include:
Exer Labs, Stevenson Ranch
- Rate: $170
- Includes office visit and test
- Results in 24 to 48 hours
Henry Mayo Urgent Care
- Rate: $200
- Includes office visit and test
- Results in 24 to 48 hours, 24-48 hour results
Flu shots are highly recommended for all employees. Flu shots are available through your primary care physician and at the following locations. Please call and confirm availability, policy, and price (especially if not covered under a user’s insurance plan), prior to visiting.
- 18649 Via Princessa, 661-250-2845
- 19424 Soledad Canyon Road, 661-251-5444
- 26861 Sierra Highway, 661-251-7346
- 26550 Bouquet Canyon Road, 661-297-1968
- 19105 Golden Valley Road (inside Target), 661-977-5155
- 24425 Magic Mountain Parkway (inside Target), 661-254-7234
- 25880 McBean Parkway, 661-254-3766
- 24840 Orchard Village Road, 661-222-7881
- 24237 Main St., 661-799-7017
- 27760 McBean Parkway, 661-263-6480
- 23335 Lyons Ave., 661-259-5950
- 16642 Soledad Canyon Road, 661-252-5388
- 26468 Carl Boyer Drive, 661-222-7568
- 27641 Bouquet Canyon Road, 661-296-3980
Sav-on Pharmacy (inside Albertsons)
- 23850 Copper Hill Drive, 661-775-3944
Total Care Pharmacy
- 19409 Soledad Canyon Road, 250-3800
- 25050 Peachland Ave., 661-255-7910
- 26825 Bouquet Canyon Road, 661-296-8572
- 28460 Haskell Canyon Road, 661-513-9240
- 23925 Newhall Ranch Road, 661-255-7551
- 27983 Sloan Canyon Road, Castaic 661-775-0840
- 19266 Soledad Canyon Road, 661-251-9433
- 24790 Valley Street, 661-670-2020
- 26471 Carl Boyer Drive, 661-259-0863
- 25450 The Old Road, 661-253-2357
- 27931 Kelly Johnson Parkway, 661-294-0018