Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

West Virginia Hotline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has launched an informational hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. The toll-free hotline – 1-800-887-4304 – is available 24/7 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

Mental Health Support

Please visit WVU Medicine Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry for information on services. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).

Take care of yourself and your community

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

For Parents

The experts at WVU Medicine Children’s have put together several downloadable resources and videos that cover wide range of child-related questions and concerns that parents, guardians, and caregivers may have during this this difficult time. New resources are updated regularly on this page. Click here for more information.

Additional Resources


Finding Wellness: In this stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic, are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating right and managing stress? In this WVU Medicine Health Report, Gwen Emery, MD, discusses how to find and maintain wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.



Online Appointments

Family Life and routines have changed greatly with the Stay at Home order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

WVU Medicine Child and Adolescent therapist Emily Finomore shares some tips to help families cope with changes resulting from COVID-19. Learn more here.