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California Peer-Run Warm Line
The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in California seeking emotional support.  The program provides assistance via phone and webchat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.
Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.
Always know that #youarenotalone

Education and Awareness
Are you looking for tools to raise awareness about mental health in your community? You can use these free education and outreach materials to spread the word. NIMH encourages you to use the hashtag #ShareNIMH in your social media posts to connect with people and organizations with similar goals. Using the hashtag helps NIMH evaluate which resources and topics are most useful. Check back often for new topics and resources and sign up to receive the Discover NIMH enewsletter to learn about new materials, including tools you can share during upcoming health observances.

Shot over the course of five years, Bedlam examines the mental health crisis through intimate stories of those people who are in-and-out of overwhelmed and under-resourced psych emergency rooms, jails and homeless camps in Los Angeles, while psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr. Ken Rosenberg also searches for answers to his own late sister's mental illness.

The Reason Zoom Calls Drain Your Energy
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, we're on video calls more than ever before - and many are finding it exhausting.
But what, exactly, is tiring us out? BBC Worklife spoke to Gianpiero Petriglieri, an associate professor at Insead, who explores sustainable learning and development in the workplace, and Marissa Shuffler, an associate professor at Clemson University, who studies workplace wellbeing and teamwork effectiveness, to hear their views.
Is video chat harder? What's different compared to face-to-face communication?

Why Video Chats Are Wearing Us Out

Technology is saving us in quarantine-but it's also taking a toll. Here's why.
In the early days of the pandemic, as shelter-in-place orders became the norm and people rushed to find ways of staying connected, it became clear that technology would save us. We wouldn't have to be alone while staying at home, and this was good news.
While remaining grateful for the incredible way in which our screens have offered us up to each other, fast forward five weeks and many of us are finding ourselves exhausted from the never-ending video calls and virtual experiences. It's not that we don't want the option of connecting in digital spaces, it's just that we are finding them emotionally and energetically costly. We can't quite name why, but they seem to take more energy than the face-to-face encounters we are used to. Oddly, in many cases, they actually leave us feeling lonely.

Sleep, Sunlight and Self-Care:  A Psychiatrist's Advice for Pandemic Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging Americans physically, financially and emotionally. With the dramatic and abrupt life changes the outbreak has caused, what can we do to prioritize our mental health? Dr. Sue Varma, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University, joins Amna Nawaz to answer viewer questions about sleep, anxiety, talking to kids and more, for our series Ask Us.

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