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Overwhelming anxiety right now is understandable during this uncertain time. We are all nervous about what this pandemic means for our present and future. Frontline providers face more direct threats and demands on their time. It’s easy in these circumstances for anxiety to escalate and affect our well being and ability to function. Those who struggle with substance use and abuse need extra support at this time. People already struggling with mental health issues will have further strain and challenges.
It’s important to do all you can with self care and support from friends and family. But when you feel you need professional help, you should not hesitate to reach out. Thankfully there are a number of resources available and referrals to providers when needed.
If your distress is impairing your ability to function, or putting you or others at risk, you should reach out as soon as possible. If you feel lonely and isolated, depressed, cannot sleep, or if your eating has changed dramatically (for example, if you have no appetite or are binge eating), reach out!
The Department of Psychiatry offers a wide variety of clinical and social support services at our locations across the Bay Area, including Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco, and a number of community-based clinics and programs. During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are committed to maintaining and expanding our ability to help those in need of assistance through the use of telehealth services, as well as continuing in-person care when appropriate.
In addition to the services we offer, here are some other important local resources for support.
- Start here: UCSF's Caring for the Caregiver program offers peer-led support at UCSF which has turned into a COVID-19 response line as well. You will talk with a trained peer support person. They will soon lead support groups as well.
- Spiritual Care Services provides 24/7 emotional and spiritual support for patients, families, and staff.
- Parnassus/Mount Zion: (415) 353-1941
- Mission Bay: (415) 514-4200
- Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: (415) 476-8279
- The Department of Medicine Behavioral Medicine Unit: Needs a referral from your provider via APEX, whereas direct phone is a slower route (415) 353-7900.
- Palliative Care Clinic: (415) 514-1966.
- Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: Classes for the public (mindfulness, laughter yoga) will soon be online.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
- If you are having thoughts about hurting yourself, call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention hotline at (415) 781-0500 or use online chat at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Peer-led support San Francisco Mental Health Warm Line: (855) 845-7415 or chat with them online
- Disaster Distress Helpline: (800) 985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 667446
- Crisis Textline: Text "TALK" to 741741
- Comprehensive Crisis Services: 801 3rd Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94124. Crisis line is (415) 970-3800/4000.
- Domestic violence: People who are surviving violence in their relationships and families may have increased isolation and danger caused by confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are living with an abuser and need a safer home situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233, chat online at thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522. Another great resource for those living in homes where they don’t feel safe is Future Without Violence's Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs page.
- Substance abuse and addiction: The Alcoholics Anonymous helpline is (415) 674-1821 or email them at email@example.com. To reach Narcotics Anonymous, call (415) 610-7294. Online meetings are also available at weconnectrecovery.com and intherooms.com.
- The Harm Reduction Coalition has helpful info for substance using populations and those that provide them with care.
- Talkspace is a fee-for-service enterprise that can pair you with an online licensed therapist, offering you 24/7 access to a licensed mental health professional from the comfort of your home via text message or video. Prices range from $65 per week to $99 per week depending on communication mode. Talkspace does take some forms of insurance.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Techniques for Retraining Your Brain - UCSF professor Jason Satterfield has curated a series on CBT for anxiety, trauma, pain, and other issues. A free streaming trial is available, and you can also purchase video downloads. The audio version is available at Audible.com (free 30-day trial or for purchase).