Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to responding to COVID-19. Oklahomans are resilient and we at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services are here for you during this time of uncertainty.
Common reactions during this time
- Worry, anxiety, panic, fear of unknown
- Social withdrawal
- Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
- Change in sleeping or eating routines
- Feeling helpless, confused, angry
- Feelings of loss or grief
- Financial concerns and fears
- Fears around your health or the health of your loved ones
- Feeling of being “on edge” - irritable, cranky, short with people
- Feelings of being low - hopeless, sad, apathetic
- Feelings of being detached
- Existential stress - thoughts and feelings related to “what is the point of my life,” etc
There are ways to maintain your own mental health and support those around you, including:
Below are helpful links to keep you and your family aware of any updates related to COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
COVID-19 Resources for Oklahomans (you can even subscribe to get updates!)
Oklahoma COVID-19 Call Center: 877-215-8336
The Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
SAMHSA Disaster Response Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Text/SMS: Text "TalkWithUs" or "Hablanos" (for Spanish) to 66746
The Trevor Project:
Trevor Text: Text "START" to 678678
This page will be updated with more resources as needed. Please check back frequently.
Mental Health Resources
You or someone in your family may need access to more robust mental health resources, especially during this time.
All ODMHSAS facilities are still operating and implementing additional steps to help promote the health and safety of employees and patients. We are continuing to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are able to assist you should you need services.
Whether you need services for yourself or a loved one, there are mental health and addiction services near you.
Taking care of children, yourself and/or your spouse during this pandemic will be challenging. Here is a curated list of resources, guides and webinars to assist parents and caregivers with children at home.
There may be questions and anxieties about how to support children with their education, as well as stress and uncertainty about school closures. Here you’ll find guidance for schools and childcare providers, as well as at-home education opportunities.
Teens and Parents of Teens
Practicing social distancing may cause anxiety, stress and loneliness. Now more than ever, you have to take care of your mental health. We have created a list of coping mechanisms, wellness apps and additional resources to help teens, young adults and adults.
In times of unease it is still important to practice self care and to identify ways to proactively take care of your mental well-being. We have created a list of coping mechanisms, wellness apps and additional resources to help adults.
Mental Health Providers, Practitioners and Community Partners
As a mental health provider or community partner, you may have feelings of hopelessness and/or loss of control. You CAN still serve your clients and you CAN support your community. Webinars and guidance documents are available to help you help the people you serve.