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Holiday Resources

We know the holidays can be difficult for those with mental health conditions and their loved ones, especially this year with having to navigate safely through COVID-19. Even while our offices and helpline are closed, please know there are resources and information out there and you are not alone. 

In Crisis

Please see the Crisis Resource Page for our full list of information and resources

  • If you or someone you know is a danger to themselves or others, please call 911
  • Contact the emergency services number for your local community services board.  At that page, you can search by city, county or zip code to find the community services board in your area. Once located, go to their webpage and locate their emergency/crisis number that is 24/7.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE
  • Text “NAMI” to 741741 if you are having suicidal thoughts or urges.

Virginia Warm Lines Open During the Holidays

MHAV’s Warmline:

1-866-400-MHAV (6428) Open 9am-9pm Monday-Friday and 5pm-9pm on Saturday, Sunday, and the holidays.

Click here to see MHAV Warmlines in other states. 

VA C.O.P.E.S. 

VA C.O.P.E.S is available to all Virginia residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects and circumstances such as isolation, fear, grief and anxiety around COVID 19. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday-Sunday from 5-9 p.m. VA C.O.P.E.S can be reached by phone or text at 877-349-6428.  Spanish speaking counselors are available.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

NAMI Virginia and Affiliate Programming During the Holidays

NAMI Virginia has 14 Affiliates across the state there to offer information, support, programming, and resources. Even while their offices are closed, you can visit their websites to find out information and see when support groups and programming are happening. See a list of all our local affiliates here. See support groups that are happening over the Thanksgiving holiday here.

Don’t have an affiliate near you or see a program you’re looking for? Check out this list of all our affiliates who have opened up their programming statewide.

You can see more information about programming and support by following our NAMI Virginia Facebook page here.

Information from the CDC on Celebrating Safely During COVID-19

Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Frequently Asked Helpline Questions

You can see answers to some of our most frequently asked helpline questions here

You can see our full list of information and resources often given our for helpline calls here

Special Section For Youth and Young Adults

Visit NAMI Virginia’s Youth MOVE page here

 

Boundaries during the holiday season:  

  • Tiny Buddha – How to Reduce Holiday Stress by Setting Strong Boundaries
  • Psychology Today – 4 Ways to Set Boundaries 
  • Examples of boundaries:
    • Ask for what you want or need 
      • “While I am home, I ask that you respect me having some alone time each day.”
      • “Please do not make comments about what or how much I eat.”
      • “Please do not make comments about my weight or my clothing.”
    • Say no without guilt, including not going to events with others or leaving early if you want to.
      • “No, thank you though.”
      • “Talking about [this topic] is difficult for me. Can we change the conversation? I’d love to hear how work’s been going for you.”
    • Say yes because you want to do something, not because you feel obligated 
      • “I will come home, but I will be leaving on Friday so that I am able to prepare for the next week.”
    • Let go of trying to control what others do 
    • Communicate with family ahead of time what safety precautions you would like to practice
      • “I don’t feel comfortable seeing people who have not been social distancing while I’m home.”
      • “I don’t feel comfortable traveling due to the rising cases of the virus.” 

Articles and Blog Posts around Mental Health During the Holidays

Note: These articles are not written or published by NAMI Virginia.

Holiday Stress During the Pandemic

Stress Management During the Holidays

Holiday Depression + Pandemic Fatigue 

NAMI’s archive of stories, blogs, and information around the holidays

Depression and Anxiety Around the Holidays

Handling Stress During the Holiday Season

Preparing for the Holidays During COVID-19

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay During the Holidays

Holiday Guidance From Mental Health First Aid

Substance Abuse Resources

While NAMI VA does not specialize in information and resources for those with a substance abuse disorder, there is information and help out there if you need it and organizations that do. Here are just a few.

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