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Coronavirus and NAMI Gulf Coast

At NAMI Gulf Coast, we understand that this is a very difficult time for many people across the country, and certainly for the community we serve. As we all reckon with the impacts of the Coronavirus outbreak, NAMI Gulf Coast remains committed to ensuring that people with mental health conditions and their family members have the information and support they need to weather these uncertain times. has the latest information from the CDC, as well as some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy. Likewise, based on common questions and concerns we’ve been hearing from you, the NAMI HelpLine has prepared an in-depth guide with tips and resources for people who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness and other hardships due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Please take a look and share it with anyone who might be struggling or have questions about managing a mental health condition during this time.

We will continue to share guidance and resources to support you and your loved ones, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to the NAMI GC HelpLine Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm at (281)585-3100. If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can text “NAMI” TO 741741.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and family.
NAMI Gulf Coast Staff

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and strive to facilitate safety, resources, and information-sharing.

Abbott Extends State Orders, Schools Closed Until May 4

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday extended the state’s coronavirus social distancing guidelines until April 30.

“Now is not the time for us to let up,” Abbott said.

Abbott avoided calling his announcement a statewide shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order, although the order bears similarities to orders that have been approved in Galveston County and other places.

The order defines nearly 18 different forms of essential infrastructure that are exempt and allowed to continue operating — such as health care services, transportation services and chemical companies.

Abbott also announced Texas schools will be closed until at least May 4.

Abbott on March 19 issued an order closing all bar and restaurant dining rooms and prohibiting social gatherings of more than 10 people. The original order was set to expire Friday. Now it will continue for another month.

Abbott’s new state order follows the same timeline President Donald Trump laid out on Sunday.

Abbott’s new order still gives local jurisdictions flexibility to make their own stricter rules, if the new order doesn’t address an issue already, he said. For instance, counties and cities cannot now make their own rules about attendance for religious services, Abbott said.

Abbott’s order defines religious services conducted in churches, congregations and houses of worship as essential services.

On March 19th, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued the following Executive Orders:

  • Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
  • Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

These orders are effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

Updated March 20, 2020

Information gathered from NAMI Texas

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

If you are seeking mental health services, we recommend calling 211 or using this search form to find local services.

NAMI offers these tips for people with mental illness:
  1. For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
  2. For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed. Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
  3. Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
  4. Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.