Behavioral Health Guidance
Thinking about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. If you or your loved ones are feeling anxious, worried, angry, or helpless, you are not alone. Here are some healthy ways to address those feelings:
Limit the news. Regulate the amount of time you spend watching or reading about the situation. Look to reliable sources for information:
- El Paso County Public Health
- Colorado Department of Health and Environment
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough rest and exercise.
Do things you enjoy. Read a book, watch movies or TV shows that you have meant to catch up on, learn to cook something new, or do some spring cleaning. Use the web to find online activities. Some examples can be found in the health and wellbeing online activities section below.
Take control. There are many actions you can take in your daily life to cope with stress, including preparing your household, protecting yourself while running errands, and caring for children and pets.
Avoid making assumptions. Someone coughing or sneezing does not necessarily have COVID-19. Maintain the required physical distance of six feet and remain empathetic to those around you.
Stay Connected. Use virtual resources (such as FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp) to connect with friends and family on a regular basis.
Volunteer. If you are healthy, consider volunteering your time to support organizations that are considered critical businesses. Some have opportunities to volunteer from home. Additional resources can be found here.
Local and National Services
- Diversus Health is a designated mental health provider of the Colorado Crisis Program (CCP) COVID-19 Disaster Response. Their outreach counselors provide confidential, FREE short-term services throughout El Paso, Teller, Park, Elbert, Cheyenne, Lincoln, and Kit Carson counties.
- Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence (BTSADV) - is led by survivor-volunteers who serve victims, survivors, and families affected by domestic violence
- Call (855)-BTS-1777
- Colorado Crisis Line - A free, confidential text or phone line to connect you with trained counselors, 24/7 right here in Colorado
- Hotline: 1-844-493-TALK
- Text “TALK” to 38255
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Springs — Support Groups
- Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention - Staff and volunteers are standing by to keep you connected during this time.
- Call (719) 573-7447
- Text (719) 232-4875
- Email [email protected]
- TESSA - provides free and voluntary services to people experiencing domestic violence, including a safe house for women, children, and other victims escaping abuse.
- Call (719)-633-3819 (available 24/7/365)
- Addiction Support:
- Call 1-800-459-2296
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Call 1-800-799-7233 (available 24/7/365)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National helpline
- Call 1-800-662-4357 (available 24/7/365
- A confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis workers.
Behavioral Health Resources
- Contact your health care provider or insurance company for confidential resources. They can provide you with a list of in-network and local behavioral health providers.
- If your employer has an Employee Assistance Program, they can provide you with referrals to behavioral health specialists.
- Use the web. Please see these sites if you are feeling overwhelmed or just want to decrease your stress level:
- Man Therapy
- GRIT (see more info below)
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- The National Institute of Mental Health
- My Resilience: self-help tools for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Healthcare Workers and Mental Wellness During COVID-19
- Beacon Mental Health Resources
GRIT: Greater Resilience Information Toolkit
GRIT Resiliency Support Coach Training
GRIT was established to train volunteers in the community to promote wellness and resilience to fellow community members in the wake of the stress caused by COVID-19. In difficult times, spreading support, resources and education can have a positive impact on healing and resilience.
GRIT's primary mission is to help create a stronger and more cohesive community through the important information on this website and through the GRIT Resilience Support Coach Trainings.
GRIT has put together this toolkit, as well as GRIT training, to vastly expand the capacity of our community to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future disasters.
The GRIT Resilience Support Coach Training is offered to any community member who wants to learn supportive skills to be a positive influence and promote resilience in our community.