Managing Your Overall Health

Managing Your Overall Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The evolving situation surrounding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can trigger overwhelming emotions for a lot of people. These emotions can contribute to higher levels of stress and anxiety. The good news is you are not alone in how you may be feeling. There are resources available to help. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress can help make you, your loved ones, and coworkers stronger.

Here are some helpful tips from the CDC and NCDHHS to help support your overall health:
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. It is important to get your information from accurate sources. Employees can find information and receive updates from the County on our website:
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to unwind. There are several virtual activities that allow you to connect with others. You can maintain connections without increasing your risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone, texting or chatting with people on social media platforms and apps.
  • Seek additional resources. If you feel an overwhelming nervousness, a lingering sadness, or other prolonged reactions that adversely affect your job performance or interpersonal relationships, talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. Trained and experienced mental health professionals are available via virtual means. For more information, click on the links below:

You can also subscribe to receive the County’s media releases through our Sunshine List using our Mailchimp sign up form. (Note: subscribing to multiple lists might result in duplicate emails).

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

The COVID-19 situation is a stressful situation for many of us. There are several resources available should you need to speak with someone anonymously at this time:

Trillium Health Resources 1-877-685-2415
(24-hour availability in English and Spanish)
Trillium Health Resources is a local governmental agency (LME/MCO) that manages mental health, substance use, and intellectual/developmental disability services in 26 counties in eastern North Carolina, including Brunswick County. Learn more at
Hope4NC Helpline 1-855-587-3463Additional mental health and resilience supports that help NC residents cope and build resilience.
Hope4Healers Helpline 919-226-2002New initiative in partnership with the NC Psychological Foundation. Provides mental health and resilience supports for health care professionals, emergency medical specialists, first responders, other staff who work in health care settings and their families.
Optum866-342-6892Toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress.
National Disaster Distress Helpline1-800-985-5990Crisis counseling and emotional support 24 hours a day.
Hopeline919-231-4525 or 1-877-235-4525Support available 24 hours a day.
NC Alcohol and Drug Council1-800-688-4232 or text 919-908-3196If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, support is available 24 hours a day via the hotline. Learn more at
National Suicide Prevention Hotline1-800-273-TALKOffers free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals. Learn more at
National Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233Visit NC's Council for Women & Youth Involvement for a list of domestic violence and sexual assault service providers in your county. Individuals can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. Learn more at

Local and State Public Health Call Lines

Brunswick County Public Health Call Line

The County is operating a joint information center with a Public Health Call Line and email to answer residents’ coronavirus questions (available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). More information is also available on our website at

Individuals who have questions afterhours are encouraged to use the North Carolina 2-1-1 program or call the North Carolina Public Health Call Line, which has public health professionals available 24 hours a day every day to answer questions.

NC Public Health Call Line (Open 24/7)
  • 866.462.3821
North Carolina 2-1-1 Program
  • For COVID-19 questions, dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162
  • Sign up for updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211

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