I want to take this moment to acknowledge what a stressful time we are living in. I know the shelter in place order has caused much anxiety and fear and I would be lying if I told you I don’t feel anxious too during these unprecedented times. However, I am confident in our public health professionals and know we are making the best evidence-based decisions to keep everyone safe. I have great faith in my fellow San Franciscans to pull through this.
I know, however, that some of us suffer from anxiety, depression, or addiction, for example, and times like this make it more difficult to process all that we are hearing, reading and experiencing. I want everyone to know that you are not alone and there is help out there. There is absolutely no shame in needing and seeking help with any of these issues.
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health during this time. If you are feeling anxious, stressed, depressed or isolated, you can call the San Francisco Mental Health Warm Line at (855) 845-7415, or chat with them online at www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline <[link removed]>.
If you are having thoughts about harming yourself, you can call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention hotline at (415) 781-0500 and they can provide you confidential emotional support. You can also chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at [link removed].
If you are co-quarantined with an abuser or are worried about having to self-isolate in a dangerous home situation, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or chat online atwww.thehotline.org <[link removed]>.
For those with alcohol and addiction issues, you can find help in programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. For confidential support from Alcoholics Anonymous, you can call their helpline at (415) 674-1821 or email them at [email protected] To reach Narcotics Anonymous, call (415) 610-7294. Online meetings are also available athttps://www.weconnectrecovery.com and www.intherooms.com <[link removed]>.
All of these services are available, free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I also want to thank so many of you that have reached out to help your neighbors and others. I’ve seen so many offers of help on social media and have witnessed the power of the human spirit and so many acts of kindness that have lifted my spirit.
Finally, please know I am here for you. My office stands ready to help however we can. If you need help getting connected to any of the services I mentioned or have other questions, do not hesitate to email my office at [email protected] or call us at (415) 554-7752.
We will get through this and we will get through it together. We can. We will. We must.
Office of Supervisor Catherine Stefani
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 260, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 554-7752 Fax: (415) 554-7843
Catherine Stefani - United States
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