If the current situation is starting to wear on you and you feel you need help – or perhaps just some information to help ease your specific concerns – we’ve found a number of options available. See what’s right for you.
Florida Blue and New Directions Behaviorial Health have activated a free counseling support line available to anyone free of charge, regardless of whether you are a Florida Blue member or whether you have any health insurance. The toll-free number for the Florida Coronavirus 24/7 Hotline: 833-848-1762. Counselors speak English and Spanish.
The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated 24-hour hotline to answer your questions: 866-779-6121. The call center is open seven days a week. It also has set up a COVID-19 website with information and updates. If email is more your thing, contact the department at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Broward County is operating peer recovery support groups for people living with mental illness. The free phone service is available weekdays. To join a group, call 856-799-9901. The agency has more information on its Facebook page.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Miami-Dade County offers free peer and family support groups online and by phone, in English and Spanish. Call 312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID No. 8164811040, or go to zoom.us/j/8164811040. The agency’s helplines also remain open. Call 305-665-2540 for Mental Health Resources, 786-308-9680 in Spanish and 786-775-1980 for support groups and programs information.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida offers help through the 2-1-1 help line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week in all languages. Clinical counseling can also be found. For more information, click here.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a free referral service. If you have no insurance, it will refer you to your state office for state-funded treatment programs. It can also refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities. Call 800-662-4357 click here. It also has a SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: 800-985-5990.
OTHER AVAILABLE RESOURCES:
Broward County COVID-19 Information: 954-357-9500
Hallandale Beach COVID-19 Information: 954-457-1489
Hallandale Beach Information Hotline for Seniors: 954-457-1477
Miami-Dade County COVID-19 Information: 3-1-1
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Veterans Crisis Line: Call 800-273-8255 (press 1) or visit veteranscrisisline.net
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