This section is meant to give you some good direction for resources in the Athens community, the state of Georgia, and the nation more broadly. You’ll find resources for your well-being and mental health, resources for children and families, resources for financial assistance during tough times, and resources for COVID-19 testing and tracking. We will be updating this section periodically to keep it current.
Mental Health Resources in Georgia
- Georgia Crisis and Access Line
- If you are in a crisis or need advice for someone in a crisis, call 800-715-4225. They have a team of crisis-trained counselors standing by and access to any information or resources you might need, including a team who can be brought on-site in a crisis.
- Advantage Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit
- The Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) is a 30-bed unit offering short-term residential stabilization services for individuals with psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders. Individuals are accepted on a voluntary or an involuntary basis. 240 Mitchell Bridge Road, Athens, GA, 30606
- Crisis Text Line
- Anyone in Georgia experiencing an emotional crisis can text GA to 741741 to communicate with a trained Crisis Counselor. Children and Teens are especially welcome. The service is free, confidential and available 24/7.
- UGA Health Insurance
- Students enrolled in the UGA Student Health Insurance have access to licensed therapists and psychologists at no charge. Visit www.telehelp4students.com to start seeing a counselor.
General Mental Health Resources
- UHCSR Emotional-Support Help Line
- To support students who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19, UHCSR is offering an Emotional-Support Help Line, through Optum, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists. Optum’s toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24/7, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge to all students.
- Free Guided Meditation Sessions
- Healthcare Workers: Free Access to Headspace App
- Headspace just announced that they are providing free access to healthcare workers during this time
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
- Toll-Free: -877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) - English and Español
- SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
- TTY: 1-800-846-8517
- 24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and Español
- Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources from National Alliance on Mental Illness - https://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf
- This includes online communities that may be helpful to people.
- National Suicide Hotlines
- Available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- 1-800-SUICIDE: 1-800-784-2433
- National Suicide Chats
Resources for Children and Families
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Toll-Free: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1–800–422–4453)
- Darkness to Light
- (866) FOR-LIGHT (367-5444)
- Darkness to Light provides programs that raise awareness on the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse.
- Prevent Child Abuse America
- Information and Referral Hotline: 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373)
- Prevent Child Abuse America builds awareness, provides education and inspires hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent child abuse.
- National Child Abuse Hotline
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Financial Assistance Resources in Georgia
- Georgia Department of Labor Unemployment Assistance
- UGA Graduate Student Emergency Fund
- Garrie Vereen memorial Emergency Relief Fund Athens Entertainment Industry
- Congressional “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or “CARES Act"
Physical Health Resources
COVID-19 Virus Tracking