Seeking Help: Resources for Clinical Anxiety and Mental Health Issues

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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.


Resources for UCSF community members


Resources for all (public and UCSF)

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.