coping during a pandemic

Things are tough right now. We hope you are taking care of yourself. Please use these tools for help coping during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you are in a crisis, call (844) 772-4724 or text MN to 741741.


  • Reach out to a loved one. Social distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation! Text, email or call someone you love to stay connected and check in on them.

  • Connect with others online or by phone for support. 

    • Minnesota Warmline: 877-404- 3190 or text “Support” to 85511 to receive help through peer support to address loneliness, isolation, increased feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as help people living with mental health conditions with recovery and wellness before a crisis occurs. Available Monday - Saturday, 5 - 10 p.m. CST.

    • Recovery GroupsMinnesota Recovery Connection has resources for those in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs and In The Rooms has 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.

    • Eating Disorder Support: The National Eating Disorders Association has a variety of virtual tools to support recovery from eating disorders.

    • NAMI Support: The Minnesota chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting regular support groups online for people living with a mental illness or family members of people living with a mental illness and NAMI Douglas County is offering a virtual peer support group for people living with a mental illness. They are held the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. (May 7, June 4, July 2 and Aug. 6). Contact Chrissy at 920-452-5152 or or Gen at 218-393-5499 or to get the link or phone number to join the meeting.

  • Thrive Range offers free therapy and resources for mental health and substance problems.

  • Virus Anxiety has a toolbox that can help if you have anxiety or are feeling unusually anxious during the outbreak.

  • If you have a mental illness and are wondering what steps to take to prepare, The National Alliance on Mental Illness has practical suggestions.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tips for managing anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, including specific actions for first responders and parents.

  • The American Psychological Association has a page dedicated to distancing yourself from others while still getting the social support you need.