Updated March 24th, 2020
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and strive to facilitate safety, resources, and information-sharing.
On March 19th, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued the following Executive Orders:
- Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
- Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
These orders are effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.
NAMI education classes, support groups, and other events in Texas must comply with these requirements. This more than likely means cancelling in-person programming through at least April 3rd.
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 March 24th. You can also call our office at 512-693-2000 to discuss options.
If you are interested in family support or peer support, please consider joining one of our new Online Support Groups.
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-support-groups
Support groups for peers (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 mental illness, substance use, or a stressful life event
Eating Recovery Center/Insight Behavioral Health
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Virtual Anxiety and Depression Support Group – Every Wednesday | 8 p.m. ET | Email Carol.Dworaczyk@EatingRecovery.com
Resources for parents and caregivers of children
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus childmind.org
Tips from the Child Mind Institute on talking to kids about coronavirus in a reassuring way
Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures nesca-newton.com
Tips on creating normalcy and routine for students at home due to school closures
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.
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.