Are you feeling more anxious than ever? We sure are! This is a time of global uncertainty, with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) upending all routines and sense of normalcy — particularly for small business owners. As part of our COVID-19 Business Resource Center, Hello Alice is gathering as many resources as we can to support the mental health of founders as they face unprecedented challenges in their roles as bosses, employees, parents, spouses, friends, and simply humans. We’ll update the page regularly, so be sure to check back for additional resources.
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Bridge Club Virtual Support Meetings | Tempest
Organized by Tempest, Bridge Club is a community-led peer support group for women, LGBTQ+, and gender non-conforming folks who are sober or interested in sobriety. Their mission is to empower individuals seeking connection and building meaningful relationships that support a sober lifestyle. Bridge Club typically offers monthly in-person meetings, but due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, they will bring all of their local groups online. Tempest is also offering a virtual meeting for people who don’t have a Bridge Club in their local area.
Coronavirus Anxiety Crisis Counselor | Crisis Text Line
There’s no way around it: The world is really scary right now. Everyone is afraid for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. People all across the world are pinching pennies to make rent and support their families. Parents are forced to put their work (and potentially income) on hold to homeschool their kids or provide childcare while keeping up a job. And everyone everywhere must stay away from social situations. It’s scary. And isolating. And lonely. If you’re feeling anxious and lonely during this pandemic, Crisis Text Line and their crisis counselors are available to help you through this time for free at any time.
Coronavirus Anxiety Support | Sanvello
The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone grappling with how to navigate this difficult time and manage our mental health. There is much beyond our control, but Sanvello is providing on-demand help with reducing stress and anxiety. This healthcare solution app is offering premium access to all of their content, coping tools, and peer support for free to help you through the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources | Mental Health America
As the number of cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the associated anxiety. For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. To aid individuals and communities during this time, Mental Health America has compiled a range of resources and information for those affected by the mental health effects of the pandemic.
Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious navigating the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis. The meditation and relaxation app Calm wanted to offer some content to support your mental and emotional wellness and stay grounded during this tough time. They are providing free access to the resources and content on their COVID-19 webpage free of charge. They’ll be updating these resources regularly.
Coa provides expert-led classes and groups for proactive self-growth, mental health, and emotional fitness. They're bringing their latest classes online and focusing on those who are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Class topics range from reducing anxiety for founders during the crisis to discussing all things worry, remote work, isolation, community, and the unknown.
Working from home and taking care of kids amidst a global pandemic is no small feat. That’s why Coa, a mental fitness community for mental health and self-growth, is offering a free COVID-19 support group for parents. Join this therapist-led discussion alongside other parents to find support and build community during this difficult time.
In times of uncertainty, misinformation, heightened anxiety, and a lack of access to medical experts to answer questions and discuss concerns, Maven, a women’s and family healthcare company, is evaluating how they can make the biggest impact to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Their network of providers is available to evaluate risks for you or your family, discuss concerns, and help you understand what this means for your other care — whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, taking care of an infant or young child, or navigating fertility treatments. They’ve also gathered information and resources specifically for women and families impacted by the pandemic.
COVID-19 Self-Care Video Series | MotiSpark
MotiSpark, a video platform dedicated to health, created a mental health support series to help you make coping with the COVID-19 crisis a little easier. You’ll get humor, evidenced-based behavioral psychology, and the power of your own stories through this series. It’s free and designed to keep people informed and motivated through this global pandemic.
COVID-19 Support Meeting | In The Rooms
In The Rooms provides recovering addicts a place to meet and socialize when they’re not in face-to-face meetings. During the COVID-19 outbreak, they know that recovery relies on communication and connection, even as social distancing and self-isolation become the best practices to prevent spreading the virus. That’s why In The Rooms is organizing coronavirus support meetings specifically to those concerned or stressed about the pandemic during their recovery.
COVID-19 Telepsychiatry Support | Genoa Healthcare
Genoa Health provides telepsychiatry support in which patients see providers remotely over video conferences. To support patients during the pandemic, they are offering services for behavioral and non-behavioral telemedicine care free of charge until June 15, 2020, at minimum.
Empower Work Text Line | Empower Work
Having a hard time working during the pandemic? Empower Work’s text line is free and immediate, supporting you at critical work moments. Discuss work issues confidentially with a trained peer counselor during this difficult time.
Free Access to Sleepio and Daylight for Employers | Big Health
Isolation itself can be distressing, but it also means that those in need are less able to access mental healthcare services. Combined with the general anxiety around the impact of the virus, this is likely to be a challenging time for the mental health of many. Due to the impacts of the new coronavirus, Big Health is offering employers free access to their digital therapeutic products for employees — Sleepio for poor sleep and Daylight for worry and anxiety.
Headspace COVID-19 Meditations | Headspace
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. To help support you through this time of crisis, Headspace is offering some free meditations you can listen to anytime. These meditations are part of the “Weathering the Storm” series on their app, which include sleep and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
Meditations for Coronavirus Anxiety | Simple Habit
The meditation app Simple Habit is providing free access to meditation designed specifically for stress and anxiety related to the coronavirus crisis. Topics include self-care, easing fear, mindful communication with family, mindfulness for kids at home, and guided yoga. They’re also offering free Simple Habit premium memberships to all people who are financially impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time.
Online Recovery Meetings | The Temper
Whether you’re house-bound because of sickness, a pandemic like COVID-19, or any other reason, you still need to be able to focus on your recovery. While there are things you can do to stay sober when you can’t leave the house, one of the things that is needed more than ever is continued social support. For many in recovery, this usually means in-person meetings. But that’s not possible right now. However, The Temper has compiled a list of recovery groups bringing the meetings to the online space.
Resources for Coping with the Coronavirus | Lyra Health
The coronavirus outbreak is prompting employers worldwide to determine how best to protect and support their workforces in the face of this public health concern. Lyra Health, a mental health network for employers, has gathered practical guidance from their clinicians to help you aid employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus. Find guidance on helping your employees cope with anxiety from the pandemic and encouraging healthy habits while working from home.
Restore: Online Sleep App For Insomnia | Magellan Healthcare
It may be hard to fall or stay asleep with all the talk about COVID-19 in the news. That’s why Magellan Healthcare is providing their online sleep program and app, Restore, for free to U.S. residents. This confidential online program helps individuals who are experiencing insomnia or other sleep difficulties sleep better through their easy sessions, techniques, and practices.
SuperBetter COVID-19 Resilience Game | SuperBetter
SuperBetter is a gaming app that helps players build resilience — the ability to stay strong, motivated, and optimistic even in the face of change and difficult challenges. They are turning the original SuperBetter into a game that helps people around the world successfully manage the stress, disruption, and uncertainty associated with COVID-19, while supporting public health strategies to inhibit its spread. The game will help players build mental, emotional, social, and physical resilience as they follow World Health Organization and CDC coronavirus guidelines. This version will be available for free in the SuperBetter apps and website.
Supportiv COVID-19 Mental Health Resources | Supportiv
In these uncertain and isolated times, connection is more important than ever. Assisting someone else in need can help you cope and get some distance from your own worries when necessary. And if you’ve got a good handle on your own COVID-19 stress, now is a good time to pay it forward. Supportiv has compiled resources for those wanting to help a friend, coworker, partner, or family member impacted by the mental health effects of the pandemic. They also have a peer support chat for anyone to dump stress and get some clarity despite this era of unprecedented uncertainty.
Talkspace Coronavirus Anxiety Program | Talkspace
In light of the COVD-19 pandemic, clients are seeking support from their therapists as they manage their associated anxiety symptoms. During this emergency, Talkspace is providing a coronavirus anxiety program free to all users — to calm nerves and improve mental health outcomes — all a part of their mission to broaden access to care and provide safe and effective therapy. To help you find relief, they're also offering $100 off all other plans.
Talk Therapy | Pearl Behavioral Health
Looking for mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic? No need to travel, walk into a psychiatrist’s office, and sit in the waiting room. Pearl Behavioral Health uses video to provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality telepsychiatry health services in New Jersey and New York. These services include psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and therapy talks through insurance and affordable subscription plans.
Tempest Recovery at Home Program | Tempest
Physical distance doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Join Tempest for a four-week program with lessons, support, and a private community specially designed for folks who are looking to stay sober and connected during this difficult time. Each week, you’ll get a new lesson from a Tempest expert full of helpful activities and resources you can use at home. Join the private community to connect with others going through the program and access weekly, live Q&As with subject matter experts.
As the world comes together to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and employers are recognizing the important role digital health is playing in minimizing exposure whilst delivering continuity of care. Quit Genius is a digital therapeutic program for tobacco and vaping cessation, and they’re offering employers access to their program at no cost for members signing up in March and April 2020.
Working Bravely During COVID-19 | Bravely
The COVID-19 outbreak changed life at work overnight, bringing a host of unexpected challenges. That's why Bravely created a daily email series, "Working Bravely During COVID-19," for quick tips and reminders to help you face the new challenges of coronavirus head-on and build yourself a better life at work. They are also providing a free coaching session to those signed up for the email series.