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COVID-19 Response

Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic may trigger feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, sadness, and loneliness. There are resources to help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI Dane County is the founding chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides support, education, and advocacy to individuals and families impacted by mental illness. Some of the services offered by NAMI include:

  • NAMI Basics Online – NAMI offers the NAMI Basics course online, which is geared towards caregivers of youth that are experiencing mental health challenges. Interested individuals can register for this online.
  • NAMI Homefront Online – There is also a course offered online called NAMI Homefront which is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans with mental health conditions. Registration information.
  • Online Support Groups – We hold ongoing weekly peer-led support groups which have transitioned to online support groups via ZOOM. Individuals can register for online support groups.
  • Support Call Line and Email – We have a support call line (608-249-7188) and support email ( to provide support, resources, and information for individuals and families impacted by mental illness
County Affiliated Resources
  • Journey Mental Health operates a crisis line. Journey is a local provide that deals with a broad spectrum of mental health services. Call (608) 280-2600.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Line is also available: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433): Veterans Press 1, En Espanol Oprima El 2
Community Resources

Local recovery groups are available for to support sobriety from drugs and alcohol:

United Way

United Way United Way of Dane County (UWDC) 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. The free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance. The UWDC 211 Call Center connects communities with food, rent, utility, mental health, and many more resources. To access the UWDC 211 Call Center, either dial “211” on your phone or find resources on their website.