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Coronavirus in Texas: Mental health resources to seek out amid anxiety

Arianna Auber,
[USA Today]

Now more than ever, as cases of COVID-10 amid the coronavirus pandemic skyrocket across the globe, you might be feeling anxious and like things are far out of your control. You’re not alone. Here are some resources to tap if you think you need some mental health guidance.

NAMI Central Texas

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health, a grassroots organization, offers free classes, workshops and support groups and is in the process of making some of them available online. Mind Matters, its free mental health education series, is offered via webinar now. For more urgent assistance, call 512-420-9810. For additional details on NAMI Central Texas programs during the coronavirus pandemic, visit

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Texans can call 833-986-1919 for COVID-19-related mental health support. It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is toll-free.

Integral Care

Serving Travis County, Integral Care offers mental health crisis support 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the phone at 512-472-4357. Services are available regardless of ability to pay and can be provided in many languages. Integral Care can help those with immediate needs as well as provide ongoing counseling. For more information, visit

Hill Country MHDD Center

Serving the greater Texas Hill Country, including Gillespie, Hays and Blanco counties, the Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center provides mental health, individual developmental disability and substance abuse services. The organization’s crisis hotline is 1-877-466-0660. For more information, visit

Texas Health & Human Services

The state has compiled a page of resources for people specifically seeking help because of anxiety, stress and other emotional changes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Head to the page on the Texas Health & Human Services website at

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The U.S.-based suicide prevention network, with 161 crisis centers around the country, has a round-the-clock, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call it at 800-273-8255.