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.
The below resources can help you ease the effects of stress and trauma.
Stress, Anxiety, Grief and Trauma Resources
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 resources below include strategies to help you be mindful of your use and avoid negative health effects, including overdose, during the pandemic.
Alcohol and Substance Use Resources
Physical distancing may be harder for people who struggle with thoughts of suicide.
If 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.
Health care workers and essential workers face unique stressors and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 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 of all ages are facing disruptions to their routines, major life events and loss, such as the deaths of loved ones.
As a parent, caregiver, educator or other trusted adult, you can teach and support young people to use positive coping skills during this challenging time.
Children and Adolescents Resources
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.