Updated December 21st, 2020
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and strive to facilitate safety, resources, and information-sharing.
You can find more information about the mental health policy landscape and what we are doing to advocate for mental health in Texas by visiting our COVID-19 and Mental Health Policy/Advocacy page.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a number of Executive Orders related to COVID-19. NAMI offices, education classes, support groups, and other events/services/activities in Texas must comply with these requirements/guidelines.
While certain business and services in Texas have been allowed to re-open, we have advised all NAMI affiliates in Texas to cancel or postpone in-person NAMI programs/events/activities of all sizes for the foreseeable future. Affiliates contemplating re-opening in-person programs/events/activities have been asked to complete a checklist of key considerations for a safe, legal re-opening. Additionally, they have been advised to consult their city and local rules and guidelines. The NAMI Texas staff is working from home and can best be reached by phone or email.
If you are interested in family support or peer support, please consider joining one of our new Online Support Groups. You can also Contact your Local Affiliate or Start-Up Group to see what their online program offerings are at this time. Many Affiliates have made various program/event offerings available online.
In an emergency, call 911 immediately.
If you are seeking mental health services, we recommend calling 211 or using this search form to find local services. We created a spreadsheet of the current response by each Local Mental Health Authority, as of April 8th. You can also call our office at 512-693-2000 to discuss options.
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Center for Disease Control cdc.gov
CDC information including travel advisories, recommendations, and latest impact numbers
Simple CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of coronavirus
Department of State Health Services https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
The latest from the state public health agency
Online Support Groups
NAMI Texas www.namitexas.org/online-programming
Support groups for those with a mental health condition (Connection Support Group) and family members (Family Support Group)
A social support network with more than 220 condition-specific groups
Recovery International recoveryinternational.org
Confidential, moderated peer-support meetings
Mental Health America mhanational.org
Specialized support group resources and tips for finding the right group for you
For Like Minds forlikeminds.com
Connect with others who are living with or supporting someone who lives with a mental health condition, substance use, or a stressful life event
American Addiction Centers americanaddictioncenters.org/virtual-meetings
Virtual peer-hosted addiction support meetings
Eating Recovery Center/Insight Behavioral Health www.eatingrecoverycenter.com
Eating Recovery Center/Insight Behavioral Health has expanded virtual support groups to be open to community members and ERC alumni
- Virtual Lunch Bunch Support Group – Every Tuesday | 12 p.m. CST | Email Tatum.Carter@EatingRecovery.com
- Virtual College Student/Early Adult Support Group – Every Thursday | 1 p.m. CST | Email Maggie.email@example.com
- Virtual Anxiety and Depression Support Group – Every Wednesday | 8 p.m. ET | Email Carol.Dworaczyk@EatingRecovery.com
Resources for Parents and Caregivers of Children
NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, six-session online education course that was developed in response to the demand for a conveniently accessible version of NAMI Basics. Just like the in-person course, NAMI Basics OnDemand is geared toward the unique needs of parents, other caregivers and other family members who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. It is available online 24/7 and covers much of the same material as the in-person course. To learn more about NAMI Basics OnDemand by going to the following link: OnDemand
A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus www.apa.org/pubs/magination/kids-guide-coronavirus
A colorful picture book in gentle and simple language that even the youngest kids can follow
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus childmind.org
Tips from the Child Mind Institute on talking to kids about coronavirus in a reassuring way
Helping Children Cope www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/for-parents.html
Tips from the CDC on how to support your children during the pandemic
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/decision-tool.html
This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school
Texas Education Agency https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/safe-and-healthy-schools/coronavirus-covid-19-support-and-guidance
Support and Guidance
Resources for Texas Families from Families Empowered https://familiesempowered.org/for-parents/covid-19-resources/
Managing Mental Health
Managing Anxiety & Stress cdc.gov
How to Survive Coronavirus Anxiety: 8 Tips from Mental Health Experts today.com
How to Deal With Coronavirus If You Have OCD or Anxiety vice.com
Coronavirus Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Mental Health rollingstone.com
Medication Access Information During COVID-19 from Mental Health America
North Texas Behavioral Health Authority’s COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 833-251-7544
NTBHA is providing a dedicated 24/7 COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line for Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall County residents experiencing stress and anxiety related to the current state of emergency.
Texans Recovering Together Hill Country MHDDC ‘s COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 888-690-0799
This is a free 24/7 COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line for the communities of Llano, Blanco, Hays, Medina, Uvalde, Kinney, Val Verde, Edwards, Real, Kendall, Bandera, Schleicher, Menard, Sutton, Kimble, Mason, Gillespie, and Kerr County.
Coronavirus Financial Assistance
Austin Public Library https://library.austintexas.libguides.com/COVID19/financialassistance
Federal, state, and local financial assistance resources from Austin Public Library
NAMI Texas has compiled these resources to serve only as general information. We do not guarantee that any service on this page is current or up-to-date. This list does not indicate an endorsement of any kind, and it does not represent all available community resources. Moreover, inclusion on this list does not indicate any type of relationship of any kind between NAMI Texas and the service provider. Please contact the service provider directly to learn more about available services.
If we may be able to help with anything, please contact us at 512-693-2000.