NEW YORK — From weeks stuck in an apartment to worrying about health and finances, a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 45% of Americans say the coronavirus crisis has had a negative impact on their mental health.
“Anxiety is high, stress is high, depression is high,” explained Dan Pierce, co-founder of JoinMentallyFit.com
Regular therapy sessions helped Pierce navigate mental health challenges and addiction. While looking for help, Pierce had a difficult time finding a therapist he could afford. Now his website helps people connect with mental health resources in their neighborhoods.
“There's just tons of free options out there, it's just knowing where to look,” Pierce said.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness can help people find low-cost classes and support groups.
"You can ask local therapists if they're willing to do pro bono work," Pierce said. “A lot of them offer pro bono hours, especially for active military health care workers.”
For anyone in need of immediate help, New York State launched a free and confidential COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline at (844) 863-9314.
The NYC Well initiative complied a list of digital mental health resources, including apps that can be downloaded to a smartphone for free.