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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

We know many of our community members are concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic. This time can be especially stressful for those living with mental health conditions, as well as their family members and loved ones.
The NAMI Southwest Ohio offices are closed, and all in-person classes, support groups, and presentations are cancelled until further notice.
  • We are offering group calls in place of in-person support groups. Download our Dial-In Support Group Guide for details.
  • While our staff is out of the office, we are closely monitoring email and voicemail. The Information and Referral Helpline is still active Monday through Friday 9 AM – 4 PM. Please call us at 513.351.3500 or send an email and we will get back to you within one business day.
We will continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation, and adjust as necessary, pursuant to the recommendations of officials and experts. Additional changes will be communicated as the need arises.
Please continue to visit this page for tips, local updates, and resources, which we will keep updating.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

National Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-599 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Managing COVID-19 Related Stress

If you or a loved one is living with a mental health condition, consider these NAMI tips:
  • Unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home? Ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online. Download our local guide to telehealth for more information.
  • Worried about access to prescribed medications? You can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60- or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed. (Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.)
  • Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
  • Provide self-care, especially if you are in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.

The coronavirus has many people feeling distressed. This is very normal in times of crisis. You can manage these feelings by taking some simple steps. Here are some things you can do to feel better:
1. Get information from a trusted resource: coronavirus.ohio.gov. This website is updated regularly by the Ohio Department of Health in coordination with the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. It has the facts on what is happening in Ohio and helpful resources on prevention and testing for you and your family. If you have specific questions, ask an expert at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). This call center is managed by the Ohio Department of Health and is now open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. Limit media exposure. Today’s 24-hour news cycle can make it difficult to turn away from the TV, radio, or social media, but research has shown that excess media exposure to coverage of stressful events can result in negative mental health outcomes. Use trusted media outlets to gather the information you need, then turn them off.
3. Reduce your stress and feel better: A. Be prepared. Prevent risk of illness by taking simple steps that are good practices: Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Increase cleaning. Stay home if you’re sick. B. Eat healthy foods and exercise to boost your immune system C. Get plenty of rest. D. Stay in touch with friends and loved ones and talk with them about your worries E. Keep participating in hobbies and activities that you enjoy to improve your mood.
4. Recognize signs of distress in yourself and family or friends. Signs of stress include worry, fear, sleeping or eating too little or too much, difficulty concentrating, pulling away from people or things at home or work or in daily life, yelling or fighting with family or friends, having thoughts or memories you can’t get out of your head, unexplained aches and pains, feeling hopeless or helpless, thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, and smoking or drinking alcohol more than you should.
5. Get help for your stress if you need it by calling the national Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. Or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

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