SAMHSA Guides Help Navigate Behavioral Health During COVID-19

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a series of guides to help manage behavioral and emotional help in these unprecedented times. 

The ‘Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation’ provides information on what to expect and self-care during an infectious disease outbreak. Tips for dealing with stress and anxiety include:

  • Staying up to date on what is happening, and getting information from a credible source, while limiting your media exposure.

  • Connecting with others on social media, the phone and Skype.

  • Asking medical providers to schedule remote appointments via Skype or FaceTime, if possible.

  • To reduce financial stress, contact companies from whom you get monthly bills to explain your situation and request alternative bill payment arrangements as needed.

The guide also provides information on how social distancing and quarantining can affect people emotionally, and offers resources, hotlines and practical ways to support yourself, your family and friends.

NTEU is proud to represent around 300 employees at SAMHSA, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.