Mental Health Awareness Month 2020
  • Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.
  • While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.
  • There are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.
  • It’s important to recognize your emotions and own your feelings, work to find the positive even when facing adversity or loss, reach out and try to connect with others, remove those people in your life who are bringing you down, and create healthy routines to take care of yourself.
  • There are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
  • Living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating mental health tools to thrive may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.
  • Recognizing your feelings, finding the routines that lift you up, removing toxic influences and connecting with others can all help you on your path to recovery as you develop your own mental health #tools2thrive.

Texas Desert Rose Podcast

with Tammy Terrell and Jennifer Burrows

"So you want to be a mental health therapist?"

Message From Some of Our Community Agencies

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

While we are familiar with viruses like the common cold and the flu, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is new and presents a situation that none of us could have imagined a few short months ago. The fact that it is extremely contagious has resulted in business closures, social distancing, and quarantine measures which have disruptive our daily lives. It is more important now than ever to pay attention to mental health during this time of isolation and uncertainty.

Your concerns are valid

There are many reasons that you might be concerned or worried about COVID-19. Some of the most common are:

Thermometer - Getting Sick

Getting sick

Passing Virus to Others

Passing the virus onto others, especially those that are high-risk

Adjustment for Unknown Amount of Time

Adjusting to a new reality for an uncertain amount of time

Care and Support of Family

Taking care of and supporting your family

Health Concerns

Concern about the health of your friends and family

Financial Stress

Financial stress

Inability to Connect

Not being able connect with friends and family the way you're used to

Supply Shortages

Shortages of certain common supplies


One of the most frustrating things about COVID-19 is that so much about the virus and the limitations on where you can go are out of your control. However, there are things that you can control, and focusing on those things can provide you with some comfort. Some of the things you can control include:


Mind and Body
  • Keep a healthy diet
  • Exercise at home
  • Get enough sleep
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol excessively
  • Take care of your mental health
  • Maintain self-care and personal hygiene


Your Immediate Environment
  • Your house, your bedroom, your closet, your kitchen - now is the time to clean and get organized
  • Make responsible choices about when to leave the house and only go out if necessary
  • Limit the number of people you come into contact with
  • Work from home if you are able to


What You Consume
  • Don't overdo your news and information intake
  • Get your information from reliable sources like the CDC or WHO
  • Watch TV, movies, and videos that make you feel good


How You Prepare
  • Keep 2-4 weeks of food on hand
  • Avoid overstocking on supplies that are in high demand so other people can have enough of the essentials too
  • If you take medication, get refills and keep a month's supply at home if possible


How You Protect Yourself
  • Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid greeting people by shaking hands, kissing or hugging
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing


How You Protect Others
  • Stay home if you are sick aside from getting medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

signs of anxiety

It is normal to be worried and stressed during times of crisis. While worry is a part of anxiety, people with anxiety tend to experience more exaggerated feelings of worry and tension. Some common symptoms include:

Worry and Dread

Uncontrollable worry or dread

Stomach Problems

Stomach and digestion problems

Trouble Concentrating

Trouble with concentration, memory,or thinking clearly

Increased Heartrate

Increased heartrate

Difficulty Sleeping

Changes in energy and difficulty sleeping


Irritability and/or restlessness

In extreme cases of anxiety, people may experience a panic attack. Panic attacks are often mistaken for heart attacks at first, but usually go away when people are able to talk to someone else to calm their fears and practice deep breathing.


There are small things that everyone can do while practicing social distancing or self-quarantine to help reduce the amount of anxiety they are experiencing.

Ask someone to be your support buddy. Call, text, or video chat with as needed.

Exercise at home.

Use resources like online support groups or the Crisis Text Line (Text MHA to 741741).

Set boundaries with your phone.

Use a mindfulness or meditation app

Set a timer for every hour to get up and stretch or take a walk.

Create a new routine.

Take 10 deep breaths when you feel stressed.


If you're taking steps to manage worry and anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis but they don't seem to be helping, there are additional resources you can take advantage of.

Mental Health Screening

If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, visit to check your symptoms.

Mental Health Screening

It's free, private, and anonymous. Once you have your results, MHA will give you information and resources to help you start to feel better.

Find more information and resources about COVID-19 and mental health at 19.

Crisis Hotlines and Textlines

If you're experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, crisis counselors are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

Hotlines and Textlines

If you are in crisis or thinking about suicide, get connected to a local crisis center and get in touch with someone immediately.

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text 11MHA"to 741741.

Mental Health America


Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources and Hotlines
Organization Phone # Website
Texoma Community Center (877) 277-2226
Dallas Metrocare Services (877) 283-2121
Denton County MHMR Center 800-762-0157 (24 hour)
(940) 381-5000
Health Services of North Texas 800-974-2437
(940) 381-1501
Grace Counseling 800-972-0643
Helen Farabee Centers 800-621-8504 (24 hour)
(940) 549-4896
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas (214) 828-1000
Both 24 hour
First Refuge Ministries (940) 484-4384
Connections Wellness Group (940) 222-2399
Youth & Family Counseling (972) 724-2005
UNT Counseling & Human Development Center (940) 565-2970
UNT Child & Family Resource Clinic (940) 565-2066
UNT Psychology Clinic (940) 565-2631
TWU Counseling & Family Therapy Clinic (940) 898-2600
UBH Denton (University Behavioral Health) (940) 320-8100
Carrollton Springs (972) 544-7980
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (SAMHSA)
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
Text:  838255

If you are in crisis or your personal safety is at risk, please contact one of the resources listed below immediately (they are available 24/7), call 911, or visit your nearest Emergency Room.

Suicide/Crisis Prevention Lifelines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line:  Text HOME to 741741

Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas:  (214) 828-1000 or 1-800-273-8255

Denton County MHMR Crisis Hotline:  1-800-762-0157

JED Foundation Crisis Line:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

JED Foundation Crisis Text Line:  Text “START” to 741-741

Relationship Violence Helplines

National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Denton County Friends of the Family Crisis Line:  (940) 382-7273 or 1-800-572-4031

Abigail’s Arms (Cooke County Family Crisis Center):  (940) 665-CURE (2873)

Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center Hotline:  (940) 626-4855

Sexual Assault Helplines

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline:  1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Denton County Friends of the Family Crisis Line:  (940) 382-7273 or 1-800-572-4031

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center Hotline:  (972) 641-7273

Veteran Resources

Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Veterans Crisis Text Line:  838255

Veterans Confidential Crisis Chat:

You may also call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room.

Additional community resource information can be found on the NCTC Community Resource and Referral List.