COVID-19: Mental Health and Substance Use

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused New Yorkers stress, burnout and anxiety. As you continue to protect your health and community, it is also important to protect your mental health and to be mindful of your alcohol and substance use.

During this ongoing period of uncertainty, we all can feel overwhelmed sometimes. There are tools and support available to help you cope.

Daily Coping Tips

  • Know how stress, trauma and grief can affect how you feel:
    • Physical: Fatigue, headaches, rapid heartbeat and worsening of preexisting medical conditions
    • Emotional: Feelings of sadness, despair, anxiety, anger and irritability
    • Mental: Confusion, forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating or making decisions
    • Behavioral: Not acting like one’s self, restlessness, argumentative and changes in eating, sleeping and substance use

  • Focus on the parts of life within your control. Keep to your routines, wear a face covering and practice physical distancing.

  • Stay connected with supportive people and communities around you.

  • Remind yourself of your strengths and how you have managed other challenging situations.

  • that can provide tools and information to help you cope.

  • To speak with a trained professional who can provide support and referrals for care, contact or .

Stress, Anxiety, Grief and Trauma

The below resources can help you ease the effects of stress and trauma.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamStress, Anxiety, Grief and Trauma Resources

Alcohol and Substance Use

Stressful events can affect the way people use substances.

People may be using alcohol and other substances to cope with trauma, grief, loss in income or boredom resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There may also be a greater risk of overdose among people who use drugs, especially those who use heroin or other opioids.

Our drug and alcohol use resourcesTrò chơi xổ số Việt Nam include strategies to help you be mindful of your use and avoid negative health effects, including overdose. Our resources include COVID-19-specific guidance.

Suicide Prevention

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamPhysical distancing may be harder for people who struggle with thoughts of suicide.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamIf you know someone who might be thinking about suicide, ask and listen. Do not be afraid to talk about suicide directly. If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide, reach out for support.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of hurting themselves or in immediate danger, call 911.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamSuicide Resources

Health Care and Essential Workers

Health care workers and essential workers face unique stressors and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamIn addition to common concerns about family, finances and social isolation, these workplace stressors can feel overwhelming and make it difficult to cope.

Health Care and Essential Worker Resources

Children and Adolescents

Children of all ages are facing disruptions to their routines, major life events and loss, such as the deaths of loved ones.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamAs a parent, caregiver, educator or other trusted adult, you can teach and support young people to use positive coping skills during this challenging time.

Trò chơi xổ số Việt NamChildren and Adolescents Resources

Intimate Partner Violence

Home is not always a safe haven. You can get resources and services for help with dating, domestic or gender-based violence.

For immediate safety planning, shelter, or civil legal assistance or counseling, call NYC’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-4673 (TTY: 866-604-5350). For emergencies, call 911.

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