Free Resources to Deal with Stress from the COVID-19 Pandemic

By FCPS and Fairfax County Government
December 01, 2020

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (Compassionate, Optimistic, Person-Centered, Empowering Support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021.

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what is bothering them. The line is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM and on the weekends from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Free support is available by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed. 

COVID-19 Essential Workers Emotional Support Line

George Mason University's Center for Psychological Services is offering a COVID-19 Essential Workers Emotional Support Line. Essential workers, including those individuals working in healthcare, schools, sanitation, transportation, hospitality, the postal service, and the military, can call to speak confidentially with a trained provider about stress, anxiety, depression, or grief for free. Additional virtual therapy services are also available.

This support line is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM and on Saturday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Support for essential workers is available by phone at 703-215-1898.

Please Note: Neither of the resources identified above serves as a suicide hotline. If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or call 911.

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