COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

We recognize that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is taking a heavy emotional toll on many of us, especially our students. Hence, taking care of our social and emotional wellness is a must. We want you to know that many mental health agencies and providers in our community are available to provide treatment to those who need it via videoconferencing or phone.

We encourage you to also reach out to your learner’s school’s Student Services staff for in-school support. We also have on staff a district-wide mental health coordinator who can work with you and/or your family to navigate mental health resources in the community.

Below you will find a few local mental health resources as well as some activity ideas to help you stay active and healthy.

Physical Activity & Movement

This article offers great tips and breaks them down into different time frames that make it easier to incorporate into your day!

17 Strategies for Coping with Stress in 30 Minutes or Less

Some great hiking trails that you and your family might consider enjoying as a family: Hiking in Dane County

Mental Wellness & Readings

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - A Parent Resource

Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Un recurso para padres

Compassion Resilience Toolkit: Staying Resilient During COVID-19 Resources

Let Queer Things Up - A blog by Sam Dylan Finch that offers diverse perspectives on mental health challenges in the LGBTQ+ community.

The Overwhelmed Brain - Host Paul Colaianni provides strategies for increasing emotional intelligence and feelings of empowerment in these full-length, 1-hour podcasts. The focus here is on relieving stress and anxiety, promoting well-being, and having phenomenal, lifelong relationships.

Local Resources

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Dane County 24/7 Emergency Services Unit: 608-280-2600

Anesis Therapy Center provides child and adolescent services and treatment options (608) 802-7669

Briarpatch Youth Services provides free crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency shelter for youth ages 12-17. The 24/7 helpline number can be reached at (608) 251-1126 or (800)798-1126, where individuals can request a counseling intake during business hours, and/or shelter intake at any time.

Dane County DHS Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) offers a wide array of psychosocial rehabilitation services that assist clients with mental health and/or substance use conditions that are funded by the State of Wisconsin and operated by the Dane County Department of Human Services.

Family Services Madison serves individuals, children, couples, and families who are experiencing a wide range of problems. If you're interested in exploring this option call Jamal at 608-316-1180 or email at

Journey Mental Health Center’s child and adolescent services provide treatment and intervention options. Call 608-280-2720 to schedule an appointment for a screening and consultation.

Rainbow Project offers Individualized treatment for children and parents, focusing on social-emotional development and behavior changes within the family system. Referral & Community Programs Coordinator at (608) 255-7356, extension 316.

RISE Wisconsin provides family-based services to support children living with mental illness.

United Way of Dane County 211 is a quick, user-friendly resource that can help with locating food pantries, rent assistance, assist with insurance coverage (Silver Level Plan, and financial assistance.

Additional Support

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Briarpatch Helpline: 800-798-1125

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) Helpline: 24/7 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045

National Alliance for Mental Illness Dane County Support Line: 608-249-7188

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Spanish Line: 888-628-9454

Trans Lifeline: For Trans individuals: 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project for LBGTQ+: 866-488-7386

24/7 SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

24/7 Parental Stress Line 1-800-632-8188

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