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.
NAMI.org 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 (Click here for Spanish version) 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 – 4:00pm at (281)585-3100. If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can text “NAMI” TO 741741.
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and strive to facilitate safety, resources, and information-sharing.
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.
- 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 teletherapy or mental health services online.
- 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.
- Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
- 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.