Masking Our Faces, Not Feelings

Tips and Resources to Support
Behavioral Health Wellbeing

COVID-19 may be here for the long-term—and it’s affecting us all. If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, or is struggling with substance use, keep scrolling for tips and resources to help cope.

Together, Even When We’re Separated

Spending time with family, seeing friends, going on dates… These are all important parts of caring for our mental health. Follow guidelines for masks and safe socializing, and take advantage of San Diego’s great year-round weather. Find more.

Coping with Financial Stress

Many San Diegans are suffering from job losses and cut hours. That comes with money troubles, like paying for housing and food. The resources below can help and support your mental wellbeing.

Substance Use Support

2020 has been stressful. If you are experiencing challenges with substance use, reach out for support. Help is available.

Handling Daily Life During COVID-19

Many San Diegan families are feeling the effects of online schooling, work, and staying home—and that’s natural. Reach out for mental health support to help keep your family happy and mentally well.

Older Adults Experiencing Increased Isolation

Physical distancing and other precautions keep San Diegans safe from COVID-19—and also increase feelings of isolation, loneliness, and fear. There are ways to help. Reach out to older adults who may be alone and let them know you’re here for them. Check out these tips.


And if you’re an older adult experiencing these challenges, it’s okay to talk about it. Call the Access & Crisis Line today at (888) 724-7240. There are people here for you.

First Responder Behavioral Health Is Essential

The work has always been challenging, and working during the pandemic means many first responders are feeling overwhelmed. Tensions, mental exhaustion, and anxiety, can all take a toll. Get the support you need from Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell’s First Responders Behavioral Health Program. The program provides a hotline and education on mental health and substance use disorders. Call 1-833-YU-FIRST or check out the site.

Adapting College Life

Socializing is an important part of the college experience, yet many students struggle to do so safely. Following CDC and school guidelines, like wearing a mask, physical distancing, and staying outdoors, can prevent a lot of anxiety and stress. If you’re still feeling worried, reach out for support.

Race, Ethnicity, and COVID-19’s Impact

The coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Latinx, Black, and Asian communities in San Diego, and is increasing feelings of frustration and fear. There are mental health resources dedicated to serving and supporting the needs of these communities.

Adapting Our Way of Life

Creating daily structure can ease stress and anxiety. Try some of these ideas:

Exercise can boost your mood. Starting, though, can be hard. Get motivated by adding in a fun destination, like walking to get your morning coffee.

Mindfulness can help. Try getting outside for some sunshine as a quick mood booster.

Nutritious foods can make a difference in mental wellbeing. Start by setting a small daily goal, like adding in 1–2 servings of fruits and veggies (fresh or frozen).

Sleep can help you feel better physically and mentally. Set a bedtime and stick to it if you have challenges falling asleep.

Remember: It’s okay to take your time and make changes at your own pace. Try adding one routine a day and build up.

It’s Okay to Not Feel Okay

Listening and supporting one another can be one of the most helpful things to do when we’re feeling emotional pain. Let’s unmask our feelings, together. Get the support you need.

Call the Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240.