Managing Stress & Anxiety

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 Things you can do to support yourself:

  1. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  2. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  3. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  4. Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

The CDC has other suggestions to reduce stress for you, your children and others.

If COVID-19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, support is available at this number:   1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

If your family is experiencing a mental health crisis, help is available from the following resources:

Northwest Connections

Northwest Connections is a regional resource that provides both telephone and mobile crisis services. The contact number for Northwest Connections is 1-888-552-6642.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. Call and Chat are available. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Great Rivers 211

Great Rivers 2-1-1 is a confidential community information, referral, and crisis line service that is available 24 hours a day. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff are trained to provide supportive listening and emotional encouragement to individuals struggling with the stress and anxiety of these uncertain times. These services are available not only to those overwhelmed about the COVID-19 pandemic, but to all individuals experiencing difficulty. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff connect individuals experiencing more elevated mental health crises to appropriate services when this is needed.  Call, Text, and Chat are available.

Texting Hopeline

The Center for Suicide Awareness brings help, hope, and resources to families and individuals in our communities through programs that reach others where they are at and when they need it most. Of the many Center programs and initiatives, bringing HOPELINE to all of Wisconsin, has given individuals across our state free emotional support anytime, from anywhere by simply texting: HOPELINE to 741741.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25, as well as to offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school. Call, Chat, and Text is available.

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call, Chat, and Text are available.


If you feel you need ongoing mental health therapy services, please reach out to Buffalo County at 608-685-4412.