Limit overeating and alcohol consumption. Instead, treat yourself through healthy activities such as a new book or streaming movie, or relaxing activities such as a hot bubble bath.
Write out positive affirmations that you can read when needed to bolster your spirits.
If it nears the point when someone appears a danger to themselves or others, it’s time to reach out any time to Crisis Services at 716-834-3131 or call 911.
Otherwise, the following resources can build a bridge to better mental health:
NY Project Hope: 844-863-9314; nyprojecthope.org. Created to address Covid-related mental health challenges, the website features tips, online wellness support and connection to related resources statewide.
24-hour Addiction Hotline: 716-831-7007
24-hour Erie County Domestic Violence Hotline: 716-862-HELP (4357)
24-hour Emergency Mental Health Mobile Response Services (for 18 and over): 716-834-3131
Spectrum Crisis & Re-Stabilization Emergency Services (CARES): 716-882-4357; for youth and their families and caretakers. Its new urgent care clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. People are welcome to drop in or call 716-539-6743 for more information.