COVID-19: Resources and Tips
COVID19 Resource Guide

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Call 1-800-273-TALK
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Crisis Textline

Text HOME to 741741

Disaster Distress Hotline (SAMHSA)

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

By now, many of us may be familiar with the usual advice for weathering the stress and challenges of anxiety-provoking situations. Maintaining your usual routines, taking care of your health, eating well and exercising, staying informed yet not drowning in news and social media feeds, connecting with friends, family and activities that nourish you emotionally... These activities are all more important than ever, yet they may be unavailable to us in ways we are used to.

We encourage you to be creative in order to prioritize your emotional wellness. Some of the ways our team are adapting the "tools in their toolboxes" include:

  • Setting up video chats with groups of friends around the country and using the opportunity to reconnect
  • Maintaining a yoga practice by engaging with local studios livestreaming classes
  • Reading stories to grandchildren over video chat
  • Scheduling virtual coffee dates, dinners or workouts with friends
  • Setting aside time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while maintaining an appropriate social distance
  • Crafting cards to send to nursing homes
  • Connecting with faith communities online
  • Decorating sidewalks with uplifting messages and creating rainbows to hang in windows 
  • Exploring no-cost books, movies and music from the Westchester Library System
  • Starting a daily gratitude journal to reflect on the good things that have happened 

We've compiled the information below to help you explore resources and advice as we all adapt to a "new normal" for the time being. 

Mental Health, Wellness and Staying Connected

Local Resources

  • Feeding Westchester Food Distribution
  • Westchester County Updates
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - In addition to civil legal issues affecting basic human needs, LSHV can assist with the following issues that may arise during this time: eviction and foreclosure prevention; illegal lock out; issues with utility shut offs; domestic violence (orders of protection, custody and visitation); immigration; unemployment issues; consumer protection; SNAP/HEAP/Medicaid/Temporary Assistance; SSI/SSD/Overpayment issues; Elder Law issues; employment/workers’ rights related to COVID-19; and entitlement to federal and state benefits in response to COVID-19.
  • My Sisters' Place: Offers legal support, counseling, mentoring, and skills training to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Genera: 914-683-1333. Crisis Hotline: 1-800-298-7233. Intake: 914-358-0333 
  • Westchester County Office for Women: Provides counseling, legal, and supportive services for women and families who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Information is available on childcare, education, equal pay, legal issues, employment, financial planning and women’s health. 914- 995-5972 (English), 914-995-6581 (Spanish); Yonkers 914-231-2882.
  • Hope’s Door: Offers counseling and emergency services to victims of domestic violence. 888-438-8700. 
  • Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center: Offers counseling and emergency services to victims of domestic violence. 845-628-9284 (Office)/845-628-2166 (Hotline) 
  • NYS Child Abuse and Maltreatment: 800-342-3720 
  • NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 24-hour, toll-free, statewide hotline that offers information and crisis counseling to abused women and children. (English): 1-800-942-6906 (TTY English): 1-800-818-0656 (Spanish): 1-800-942-6908 (TTY Spanish):1-800-780-7660 

Employment & Insurance Resources

  • Department of Labor: Resources for Workers and Employers
  • Unemployment Assistance - COVID-19 Update: NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines.
  • Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers - Individuals who enroll in Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health or directly through insurers between March 16 and April 15, 2020 will have coverage effective starting April 1, 2020. Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round. 

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COVID-19 Health Information

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call one of the hotlines below:

  • People under self-quarantine or exposure to known case: 1-866-588-0195
  • NYS Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
  • Westchester County COVID-19 Information: 211