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:
- Click here to register for the vaccine in Baltimore City
- For more information about accessing the vaccine in Baltimore, visit the Baltimore City Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine website.
- Find a vaccination site near you through the Maryland Department of Health Vaccine Locator
- Baltimore COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
- COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
- Vaccine Myth Busters
Information about COVID-19
For information about COVID-19, review these resources from local and national health experts.
- Access COVID 19 Testing in Baltimore City
- COVID-19 Information (Center for Disease Control)
- COVID-19 Updates for Maryland (Maryland Department of Health)
- Baltimore COVID-19 Information (Baltimore City Health Department)
- Coronavirus Myth Busters (World Health Organization)
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Baltimore City Health Department)
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.
- 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
- It’s especially important for people in recovery and those with mental illness to find ways to connect with each other and find support right now.
- Find support groups for mental illness and substance use (Mental Health Association of Maryland)
- NAMI Baltimore is offering free support groups online for people living with mental illness and their families
- Here is a list of support groups and virtual meetings in Maryland.
- If you are specifically looking for Baltimore Narcotics Anonymous groups, click here.
- You can call Baltimore’s Crisis, Information and Referral Line anytime for support for your mental and emotional health. Call 410-433-5157.
- House of Ruth’s 24 hour hotline is available to support victims of domestic abuse, call 410-889-7884. You can find updated information and resources online at Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.
- Find local providers offering behavioral health care through Telehealth
- Accessing Care during the Coronavirus Crisis (Mental Health Association of Maryland)
- Guide to Support Mental Health during this Emergency (NAMI)
- Resources to Calm your Child’s Coronavirus Fears
- Toolkit to care for your anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak
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.