Information provided by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services


We understand that COVID and social distancing can be very isolating and stressful for people living with or in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, as well as caregivers and family members of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Below you will find resources to learn, connect, and cope with COVID related stress.

If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance, contact your local behavioral health emergency services department (phone numbers can be found here: Emergency Services by County), call 9-1-1, or visit the nearest emergency room

Dial 211 – 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer.

Live Support

These are real-time (not recorded) support groups that may be led by peers or professionals. Some can be accessed by telephone and others are “virtual” – available through the internet or a smartphone application (app). Virtual support groups often include the option to see and hear other individuals participating in the group on your smartphone or computer.

Telephonic Support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Phone Meetings
  • Information about phone meetings:
  • Mental Health America of Virginia Non-Emergency Warm Line 866.400.6428  M-F 9am-9pm; Sat-Sun 5pm-9pm
  • National Suicide Lifeline (800)273-8255 or chat online at
  • The Trevor Project (866) 488-7386 or
  • Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
  • The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:800.656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities:1−844-762-8483
  • The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
  • National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-2736
  • Disaster Distress Hotline – A free, national hotline providing 24/7, 365- day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to disasters (including infectious disease outbreak). Trained counselors offer crisis counseling, information on recognizing distress, tips for healthy coping, and referrals for local care. For English speaker, call 1-800-846-8517 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. For Spanish speakers, call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2.”

Virtual Meetings

v  12-Step Recovery Yoga Online meetings

®        Tuesday: 5:30-7:00 pm               

®        Thursday: 5:30-7:00 pm              

Register for 12:00 p.m. meetings here.                                      

®        Register for 7:00 p.m. meetings here.