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Survivor Resources

One of the biggest challenges for all of us in this moment is our isolation from the people, places, and resources we need to support us. As a survivor of Covid-19 — whether you have had a loved one taken or you have survived Covid-19 — are likely facing a variety of practical, emotional, mental, and physical needs that might be served by one or more of existing community resources.

The following list compiles names of organizations, contact information, and/or links to supportive articles that may support you. We will update this page as we gather more resources. 

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CovidConnections: Free Support Groups for Covid Survivors

Covid Survivors for Change offers free, weekly virtual support groups for everyone who has survived Covid-19 personally or experienced the trauma of a loved one killed by Covid-19. All groups are led by mental health professionals specializing in trauma.

Join CovidConnections for all survivors

Thursdays at 9pm ET

Join us on Thursday evenings to gather with others who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 or survived Covid-19 personally. Each week, we focus on a unique aspect of grief and trauma and how it is showing up in our lives during the pandemic with small group discussions where we get to know each other and discuss grief in our own lives. 

Join CovidConnections for long-haulers

Saturdays at 1 pm ET through May 8th (future sessions TBD)

As the country works to beat Covid-19 by administering millions of vaccines daily, many of us still suffer from lingering and debilitating symptoms from the virus. If you are now living with long-hauler Covid-19 symptoms, we understand that it is a terrifying reality. 

Join us on Saturdays for a free weekly webinar to bring healing to Covid-19 long-haulers. Led by licensed mental health counselors, we discuss the ongoing trauma and struggles that long-haulers face.

Join CovidConnections in Spanish

Mondays at 9pm ET

The Covid-19 pandemic has been especially deadly for Latinos in the U.S. The Latino community has been 30% more likely to contract Covid-19 and twice as likely to die from it. 

Join us on Monday evenings for a free weekly webinar dedicated to the Spanish-speaking community. The webinar aims to provide crucial support for those who need to grieve and heal through this traumatic experience.

Led by a Spanish-speaking trauma counselor, Covid-19 survivors and those who have been personally impacted by the pandemic have an opportunity to get to know fellow survivors and discuss how to manage grief during a scary and unusual time. 

Join us on Facebook

If you’ve had Covid-19, supported a loved one through their fight with the virus, or lost a loved one to the pandemic, please join our Facebook support group for survivors. Here, we’ll support each other, remember our loved ones taken, and share information on resources relevant to survivors.

Childcare

Childcare.gov

The ChildCare.gov Covid-19 Resource and Information page provides direct links to national Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) resources. This page also provides state and territory-specific child care resources to help families and child care providers stay informed about the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on child care.

Covid-19 Information 

There are organizations dedicated to researching public health, offering information, implementing prevention strategies, and publishing treatment standards to address a variety of public health threats. As we learn more about Covid-19, these organizations provide updates to their websites and other resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to protect individuals from disease and illness by conducting research and providing public information. The CDC has a website dedicated to updates on the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. 

COVIDResources 

CovidResources’ page lays out various resources by topic, contact information, and articles. You can search for things like testing locations, getting help, food, education, and mental health resources. This site is growing with contributors who constantly update resources.

Healthline

Healthline is an online information hub that contains a variety of health related topics, including Covid-19. Healthline’s Medical Affairs team ensures that Healthline’s content, products, and services uphold the highest standards of medical integrity. Their team manages an extensive medical network of over 100 professionals covering more than 50 specialties, providing medical review, expert points of view, fact-checking, and clinical guidance. Healthline’s physicians, nurses, public health experts, and patient advocates ensure that the information they publish is accurate, evidence-based, timely, and people-centric.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization works worldwide to promote health and keep the world safe, especially during times of vulnerability. They accomplish this through worldwide research, educational programming, prevention efforts, and emergency/disaster response. 

Crisis Hotlines

A crisis hotline is a telephone number anyone can call when they are experiencing a variety of emotional, mental, or life-altering crises. Many people are familiar with national crisis hotlines, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. More recently, crisis chat functions and texts have become widely available as well. Some communities and states also offer specialized crisis hotlines that meet the needs of specific populations, such as those to help individuals experiencing domestic violence.

Below is a list of national hotlines. For hotline information in your local community, call 2-1-1 to create a list and keep them easily accessible when you might need them the most. If you are experiencing a medical or life threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

Financial Programs

Every community has emergency financial assistance to help community members pay for basic needs, such as food and utility bills. Typically, these resources are organized by zip code and are often administered by private non-profit agencies. If you have a need for food or help with an electric bill, dial 2-1-1 and ask for emergency assistance programs in your area. There are also national programs to help with financial assistance.

Disaster Financial Assistance with Food, Housing, and Bills

The USA.gov website provides a consolidation of benefits and services offered through the United States government. They have an up-to-date page for Covid-19 resources that might benefit you as you deal with the financial and medical consequences of Covid-19. You can visit their website, or call toll-free at 1-844-872-4681                       

Findhelp.org

Findhelp is a web-based resource site to locate assistance with financial hardships, formerly known as Aunt Bertha. It also includes information on Covid-19 assistance. This website is accessible in English or Spanish. 

Need Help Paying Bills

The Need Help Paying Bills website provides national information on assistance programs, charity organizations, and resources that provide help paying bills, as well as mortgage and debt relief with financial, rent, and governmental assistance.

Pandemic of Love

Pandemic of Love is a grassroots, volunteer-led mutual aid organization that has over 650+ full-time international volunteers. They work to match people in need of essentials with those who are donating essentials.

Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income (SSDI/SSI)

The Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs were designed to provide financial assistance and medical insurance coverage (Medicare/Medicaid) to individuals with disabilities. While the programs are different, they have the same medical criteria you must meet in order to qualify. To apply for SSDI or SSI, you can apply online on their website, or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

Grief 

As a survivor of Covid-19, you may have experienced the death of a beloved family member or multiple loved ones. You may be facing your own long-term recovery where your life before your illness was dramatically different than the one you are leading today. Regardless of your circumstances, you are likely enduring your grief during a time when natural supports are difficult to access due to social isolation. These are organizations with websites that offer emotional support and information on the grieving process that might be helpful to you.

Articles

Websites

The Center for Complicated Grief

Mental Health Support

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

ADAA is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. Their website offers articles that are specific to coping with mental illness during the pandemic.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. There is a national office along with more than 200 local affiliates who all offer information, support, and referrals.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to supporting individuals diagnosed with mental illness and their families. They provide information, advocacy, and support through a network of local offices. They also operate a nationwide helpline that offers information and support open on weekdays, 10am-6pm ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).

Psychology Today

Psychology Today is a web-based resource that offers a national directory of therapists, psychiatrists, therapy groups and treatment facility options. 

Using 2-1-1 to Locate Local Services

The 2-1-1 website is the most comprehensive source of locally-curated community services in the United States. By dialing 2-1-1 on your telephone, you will reach a trained information specialist who can help with finding the appropriate community services to meet your needs, from utility assistance to stable housing.

We CARE

Connect, Advocate, Respond, Empower.

Coronavirus jolted so many of us into an unknown place of loss, fear, and trauma. We’re here to work together to demand the change we need to end the pandemic and support its survivors.

Survivor Resources

Find healing in support groups with other Covid-19 survivors. Read up on public resources available to you.

Survivor Stories

Together, we share our stories in hopes that others can learn from them, and that our fellow survivors can find healing in knowing that they are not alone.

Take Action

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