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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Join us on Thursday evenings for COVIDConnections, a FREE weekly webinar exclusively for people who have lost loved ones and people who have survived COVID, which will be led by a licensed mental health professional who specializes in trauma.
Each week we will discuss 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. You can sign up to receive the link by filling out the form below. Please share it with anyone you know who would benefit from being a part of it.
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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.
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.
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.
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’ 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 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.
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.
COVID-19 Support Programming
National COVID-19 Remembrance and Memorial Programs
- The COVID Memorial
- The COVID Quilt Memorial
- Forever Missed Memorial
- National Cathedral COVID-19 Online Memorial
- National COVID-19 Remembrance Memorial Wall
- Save My Date Online Memorial
Virtual Peer or Advocacy Support
- COVID Survivors for Change Facebook discussion group
- COVID-19 Long Haulers Facebook discussion group
- COVID-19 Loss Support for Family & Friends Facebook discussion group
- COVID-19 Support Group Facebook discussion group
- COVID-19 Survivors Corps Facebook discussion group
- Faces of COVID Victims Facebook page
- Marked by COVID
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- American Psychological Association on Grief and Mourning
- CDC on Grief and Loss
- Cedars-Sinai on Grief and Loss During COVID
- Helping Your Children Process Grief and Loss During COVID-19
- This Pandemic of Grief
Mental Health Support
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Find healing in support groups with other COVID-19 survivors. Read up on public resources available to you.
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.
Help stop this pandemic and prevent more people from experiencing the loss we know intimately.