Access HelpLine: The Department of Behavioral Health has a 24/7 hotline that connects people to mental health clinicians and also runs a suicide-prevention hotline. The clinicians refer callers to immediate help (activating a crisis response team) or ongoing care. 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357
DC SAFE: The 24/7 crisis-intervention agency for domestic violence in D.C. says in an email that “domestic violence rates tend to increase in the shadow of crisis as external pressures mount.” The agency provides support to victims and survivors, and is prepared for an uptick in abusive situations—its advocates are working remotely and are available 24/7. If you have an immediate need, call the City’s Victim Assistance line at 1-844-4HELPDC, 911, or 311
American Addiction Centers: For those suffering from alcohol or substance abuse disorders, AAC is offering free, virtual 12-step support meetings each week. They’re hosted by a person in recovery, with topics and meeting structures varying based on the group’s preference. The organization also has online guides and resources, including a private Facebook group where participants can connect with others in recovery.
Washington Behavioral Medicine Associates: The team of D.C.-based mental health professionals is offering free and reduced services for people of all ages—including daily chats and virtual support meetings. Call 301-576-6044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Headstrong: The nonprofit organization supports post-9/11 veterans with free mental health treatment.
Additionally, online databases like Good Therapy allow you to search for a therapist by location, specialties, pricing, and more. Apps and sites like Headspace and BetterHelp provide online counseling services by connecting you with mental health professionals via texts, phone calls, or video chats (for a membership fee.)
DCist compiled a list of free ways to stay occupied at home while practicing social distancing, and that list includes virtual yoga classes. Bluebird Sky Yoga, Yoga Heights, and Flow Yoga Center are just some of the studios providing classes through Facebook Live or Zoom.
DC COVID 19 Testing Sites
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You can also dial the DC COVID-19 Call Center at 1-855-363-0333. For deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals, dial 711 for TTY service.)
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PG County COVID 19 Testing Sites
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Wellness and Self-Care during COVID
Washingtonian provided a helpful meditation guide to fend off COVID-19 anxiety. On it: breathing exercises, establishing a mantra, and expressing gratitude.