Resources to Support Health and Wellness During COVID-19

The COVID-19 emergency has dramatically changed life in Baltimore, and across the country.  BHSB has put together resources and information to support our community to stay healthy, safe and connected during this pandemic 

If you are a behavioral health provider click here to see resources and updates for providers.

The tabs below contain information on COVID-19, resources for supporting emotional health and wellness, Baltimore City specific resources, and funding opportunities during this crisis.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Several vaccines for COVID-19 have been proven to be safe and effective. All Maryland residents above the age of 16 are currently eligible to register for the vaccine. Here are some additional resources to help you find a vaccine appointment:

Tips to Support Emotional Health and Wellness

You may find yourself feeling a range of emotions from sadness, loneliness, anger, fear, loss of control and anxiety. It’s normal to feel stressed and upset during a crisis. Finding ways to cope and manage stress is important for your health and wellness. Here are some tips to help you support your emotional health and your community through these challenging times.

  • Take a Break from the News. Be aware of how much time you spend looking at the news and social media and how it is impacting your mood. Remember, there is a lot of misinformation out there! Consider turning off push notifications, and verify your sources.
  • Reach out for Support. If you are worried about your finances or getting food for you and/or your family, know there are resources to help. There are a variety of resources further down on this page.
  • Maintain familiar routines as much as possible. Try to wake up and go to sleep around the same time every day. Develop a daily telework schedule, with breaks included.
  • Find ways to connect with loved ones. Call/text your family, neighbors or friends and ask them how they are doing.
  • Do things that give you joy. Talk to a friend or family member on the phone. Connect to your spirituality. Cook your favorite meal. Cuddle your pet.
  • Things to do Online.
      • Stream music you love or join a dance party with your favorite DJ on social media
      • Take a virtual museum tour
      • Participate in an online worship service or support group
      • Connect with your community by hosting a Zoom* gathering- Zoom conferencing is now free!
  • Focus on Movement. Take a walk around the block. Go to the park. Stand outside your front door and breath in the air. Do some yoga or chair If you do go out, just make sure you are maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Just Breathe. Stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, and slowly breath in and out for a minute. Download a meditation app like Insight Timer, Headspace or Calm.

Mental Health Resources

Free Meals, Childcare and Other Essential Resources

There are a wide variety of resources available to support Baltimore residents through this emergency.

  • The Esperanza Center is offering a hotline to serve non-English-speaking population in pandemic. Call 667-600-2314
  • Only use public transportantion for essential travel. For MTA changes and updates, visit their Coronavirus updates page.
  • Maryland Health Connection has launched a special one-month emergency enrollment period through April 15.
  • Baltimore residents have come together to create a spreadsheet and resource for mutual aid.
  • Maryland residents 65 and up can register for a daily check in call. Call 1-866-502-0560 to register.
  • If you are an essential employee and need child care, call Locate Child Care at 877-261-0060.

Financial Resources

Harm Reduction Resources

Here are some ways to get Narcan or clean syringes:

  • Pick up at Charm City Care Connection: pick up free naloxone and syringe services at the door of 1212 N. Wolfe St. from Monday-Thursday, 2-5pm.
  • Mail order: Order free naloxone by mail at (or by calling Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition at 410-205-5143)
  • Pharmacy: Under the statewide standing order, anyone can get naloxone at a pharmacy without a prescription. Naloxone will be charged to insurance; if the person has Medicaid, the copay is $1 and can be waived.
  • OTP: If you are a patient at an opioid treatment program (OTP), ask for a dose of narcan to take home.
  • The Baltimore City Health Department’s Syringe Services Program is still operating with a limited schedule.

One Pagers

BHSB, the Baltimore City Health Department and other partners created informational materials to support mental health in different communities in Baltimore. Please share them with your networks.