Getting Help for COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Fear …

COVID-19 has disrupted our lives, our health, our economy, and our world in so many ways.  So, it is no surprise that with this coronavirus, there has been a significant increase in people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. And for anyone already battling these conditions, the virus just makes everything more difficult to manage. Many of our patients who are dealing with chronic pain, may also find that the additional pressure of emotional conditions, can make their pain more difficult to manage. We strongly encourage anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and fear to review the following resources to find tools to manage your emotional concerns. It is also recommended that you contact your primary care physician to discuss your concerns and to evaluate if a referral to a therapist is needed.


As you and your family navigate the challenging days ahead, here are some resources to help you reduce your stress, anxiety, and fear.


Stress & Mental Health Tips for Adults & Children

CDC: Stress and Coping

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub

How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19

Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

Talking to Children about COVID-19

CNN Report: “It’s okay to not be okay right now”


Additional Resources from

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255. Crisis intervention and free emotional support are available, which is helpful when you need confidential assistance during a time of emotional distress for you or a loved one. The helpline is open 24/7, and a live online chat is available as well.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741. Specialized crisis counselors are just a text message away on this free, confidential 24-hour support line. To further protect your privacy, these messages do not appear on a phone bill. The text line also provides services and support if you are upset, scared, hurt, frustrated, or distressed.
  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741. Mental Health America is a nationwide organization that provides assistance through this text line. You will be linked to someone who can guide you through a crisis or just provide information.
  • Veterans Crisis Line1-800-273-8255. Text a message to 838255. Operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, these services aid veterans and their families who may be in crisis by connecting them with VA responders.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI operates an emergency mental health hotline Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Operators can provide information about mental illness and refer callers to treatment, support groups, family support, and legal support if needed.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357. SAMHSA runs a 24-hour mental health hotline that provides education, support, and connections to treatment. It also offers an online Behavioral Health Treatment Locator to help you find suitable behavioral health treatment programs.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464. This organization has a variety of methods for you to communicate with knowledgeable people about mental health issues. In addition to the phone line, there is a live online chat option. These resources are available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.


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Indiana Resources & Updates

Illinois Resources & Updates

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Midwest Interventional Spine Specialists (M.I.S.S.) is committed to patient education. We hope this video and resource article provides you with some foundational information to help you determine what questions you need to ask your medical providers and to select the best treatment option for you. To schedule an appointment with one of our spine and pain management specialists, please call 219-836-7246. To see the full list of all of our educational videos, CLICK HERE.