From the Executive Director - Pam Gutierrez
As we all work through the personal and professional challenges we face daily from the COVID19 Corona Virus it is important we all stay informed. We are happy to provide you with the information and resources we have received here on this page. We will do our best to make sure as new resources become available we will share them with you. Best wishes to you and your family and friends.
Health Releases
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.

Through this new effort, we are connecting Texans with mental health professionals who can help provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed, said Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are not uncommon to experience in the face of a rapidly changing situation like a pandemic.Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.

It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic, said Sen. Jane Nelson. The mental health support line for COVID-19 will go a long way to ensure Texans who are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can access the care they need.

Links and Resources
Support Line Flyer - English Support Line Flyer - Spanish