Opioid overdoses have increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began. If you’re having trouble dealing with your pain or are worried about someone misusing prescription opioids, reach out using the resources below. We’re here, often around the clock, to provide you with free and confidential support.
866-399-8938 8am to 11pm
Receive free and confidential emotional support and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our call line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling.
A partnership between The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Beacon Health Options and Behavioral Health Link
Get help right away from a nationally accredited hotline that can dispatch a mobile crisis team, find an open detox bed, and help you schedule an urgent appointment. Call for free and receive confidential crisis intervention that includes access to: mental health, substance misuse, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Download the app to chat or text
1-800-715-4225 Available 24/7
Struggling with drug or substance misuse? The Cares Warm Line is here every day of the year to help you or a loved one overcome these challenges for free.
844-326-5400 8:30am - 11:00pm
Opioid use can increase COVID-19 complications. If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
Talk to someone who understands 24 hours a day. Receive free peer-to-peer support from others who have experiences similar to your current situation.
Toll-free Statewide 888-945-1414
Bartow County 770-276-2019
Colquitt County 229-8730-9737
Henry County 678-782-7666
White County 706-865-3601
Hours: Available 24/7
Prevent opioid misuse by you or others, dispose of all unused medications at a local Drug Drop Box. These secure, one-way boxes ensure your prescriptions stay confidential and are disposed of properly.
Get the information and tools you need. Explore our list of resiliency and wellness resources for students, parents, and educators.
The goal of the Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit is to provide information and resources to students, parents, and educators in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The resources contained in this toolkit have been specially selected to provide assistance for students returning to school. The toolbox includes information on Behavioral Health and Wellness, Learning Resources, Parenting Resources and Activities for Students.
For students, the Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit provides access to learning activities, healthy ways to help cope with stress, and positive virtual messaging.
For parents, the Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit is a resource center where parents can educate themselves on CDC guidance for proper COVID-19 safety precautions, ways to talk with children about the COVD-19 Pandemic, ways to boost mental health and wellness during times of stress, and ways to support children when they go back to school.
For educators, the Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit is a resource center for useful information to assist the return of students to school during COVID-19. The toolkit contains resources on CDC school re-opening guidance, teaching tools for virtual learning, ways to support teachers, and links to data to support school decisions.
Funding, Treatment Services, Information Resources, Expert Help and Training, Community Assessment, and Rural Community Action Guide
Activities, games, and resources to help educators, peer leaders, and families continue building sources of strength while sheltering at home. FREE, home-based resources that Sources of Strength has developed for families, youth, and educators during COVID-19. This is a great option for groups who are sharing resources for meal distributions.
Looking for free, educational activities to help keep your child busy and learning while at home? This printable coloring and activity book for children ages 8-12 features exciting facts about the human brain and mental health.
Free Online Events & Activities for kids at home. Since 2003, Common Sense Media has been an independent, nonprofit, and research backed organization offering free online events and activities for kids at home. They provide entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. They also rate movies, TV shows, books, and more. Common Sense Media offers a library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Supports K–12. Digital Citizenship Curriculum, tips and tools.
Daily Selfcare Tips and Support for managing life. Video sessions every Tuesday and Thursday about managing stress, grief, work/life balance, and wellness.
Our Mental Health Resiliency Support Clubhouses seeks to support children and families coping with isolation, stigma, and other considerations associated with mental health disorders. Clubhouse Listing
Host recorded and live virtual events to demystify and destigmatize mental health concerns through storytelling
Responding to COVID-19: Highlight products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises such as:
The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network: Offers a large collection of webinars, resources, and toolkits designed to provide support to schools, educators, school-based mental health professionals, and parents.
Emotions and Behaviors for Parents, Teens, Educators. Find out how to understand your child’s behavior.
This article from Greater Good Magazine provides insights into ways schools can develop a plan to help teachers who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
This toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.
Anti-Racism virtual training, with 3 modules (approximately 2 hours of content in each module) for Students and the General Public.
Support for A Different School Year “new normal” — Back to School check list and Learn at Home check list. This resource is great because it has an app parents can download, but it is for younger kids. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with your children, tips on how your family can de-stress .
PBS Education: How to Talk To Little Learners About Coronavirus
Every Learner Everywhere offers online instructions in response to COVID-19. Faculty-focused playbook intended to improve course design, teaching, and learning in online environments. They offer Resources related to best practices for remote instruction as well as toolkits that guide you through the implementation of adaptive or other digital learning tools.
Offers teacher-crafted learning activities that sync up with the school year. The goal is to empower parents and teachers so each child’s needs and potential can take center stage. Preschool to 5th Grade.
GUIDE TO VIRTUAL LEARNING – This guide provides a walkthrough of both the technical (platforms) and the interactive (the pedagogy) strategies and approaches to virtual learning. It is written for facilitators and presenters who are leading professional development and group learning online. (pdf)
Common Sense Media Since 2003, Common Sense Media has been an independent, nonprofit, and research backed organization offering free online events and activities for kids at home. They provide entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. They also rate movies, TV shows, books, and more. Common Sense Media offers a library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Supports K–12. Digital Citizenship Curriculum, tips and tools.
Download custom virtual backgrounds & wallpapers that support positive messages of wellness & resiliency to use during virtual learning.
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting from Covid-19. Helpful Tips for Parents. Stay Calm, Listen and Offer Reassurance…
Help parents to explain COVID-19 to children using relatable animation. Video topics include social distancing, fear related to COVID-19, why people are wearing masks, how to stop the spread of germs, and when to seek medical care.
GET SMART ABOUT DRUGS, A DEA Resource for Parents, Ed & Caregivers. Teens and Rx Meds: What You Should Know…
How To Talk To Your Kids About Vaping, American Lung Association
N-O-T: Not On Tobacco – Proven Teen Smoking and Vaping Cessation Program, American Lung Association
INDEPTH: An Alternative to Suspension or Citation, American Lung Association. Helping teens quit smoking. Four, 50-minutes training sessions. Helps educate students about nicotine dependence and cravings and ultimately guide them through the process of identifying their own reasons for chewing, smoking or vaping tobacco products. Adults can implement the IN DEPTH program at their school or community-based organization.
Georgia Patients’ Rx Medicine Info/FAQ Summary (printable). Information on 10 specific questions you should ask your doctor if you are prescribed opioids or prescription pain medication.
Drug Free Hall ‘Three steps to save a life’ (opioid OD rescue demo) Information on how to identify an opioid overdose and how to respond to an opioid overdose in case of emergency.
Check out the DBHDD Prevention Clubhouses – Teen program for youth ages 11-17. Provide emotional and educational support so youth can successfully navigate their world
Drug Disposal Locations: DEA National Rx Drug Take-Back Day/Drug Disposal Locations Information on DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days to safely dispose of any prescription medication to prevent possible misuse or accidental poisoning due to prescription drugs.
Georgia Standing Order for Naloxone Rx: In Georgia, there is a Standing Order of Naloxone for overdose prevention instituted by the Commissioner of Public Health. Please see this resource for more information.
Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs are Federal grant programs that provide funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. GA Listing (pdf)
An online one stop shop for gathering state- and county-level data, as well as other national or external resources, related to substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion.
Georgia Insights is an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education, focused on improving the clarity and accessibility of district and school-level data through public-friendly and easy-to-use dashboards. Georgia Insights utilizes the data the state already collects and presents it using clear, easy-to-understand visuals.
Voices for Georgia’s Children Network of agencies focused on research and analysis, public education, convening, and engagement with decision-makers. Utilize a holistic “whole child” perspective that allows us to identify how different policies impact children and to propose solutions that benefit children on multiple levels.
Health in Georgia Schools: How Three School-Based Mental Health Providers Serve Students.
By gleaning information and perspective from these in-depth interviews in the context of Georgia’s “new normal,” we have the opportunity to design a mental health service delivery future that is sleeker, more efficient, and more effective. And as children and youth emerge from sheltering in place, we will need this roadmap more than ever.
Help Guides for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges.
These Guides are for parents and caregivers but may also be helpful for teachers, advocates, and others concerned about school children with behavior or learning challenges. Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and its Young Professionals Council created the guides.
What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community can Do. National Institute of Mental Health.
GHC Counselors (During regular business hours: Mon – Thur 8-5 & Fri 8-12 EST)
Westside Connect Help Line Flyer (pdf) 404-430-8180 Get help for food, housing, counseling, employment, healthcare, Covid-19 Testing, or employment. Or just feeling lonely, lost, stressed, anxious or down? Call.