COVID-19 and Caregiving Resources

The following are non-exhaustive resources about COVID-19 and caregiving that may benefit you or someone you know. These resources are not meant as a substitute for emergency or medical care. For any emergency, dial 911 immediately.

Please note, this page includes resources that link to online content that was not created by the University of Michigan or Michigan Medicine and for which the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine do not assume responsibility. These resources do not replace medical advice from your health care provider. Talk to your health care provider if you have any questions about your condition or your treatment plan.

Always call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or experiencing an emergency. For other immediate help:

  • Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in English, 1-888-628-9454 en Español, or 1-800-799-4889 (via TTY) for those experiencing hearing trouble or loss. Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential and free.
  • Contact the Crisis Text Hotline by texting “HOME” to 741741. Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • For adult Michigan Medicine patients, contact U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services by calling (734) 936-5900. Trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

State of Michigan Resources

State of Michigan Coronavirus Web Page

Provides answers to frequently asked questions and up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Visit: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

State of Michigan Coronavirus Hotline and Contact Information

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has set up a hotline to answer questions regarding COVID-19 illness, Executive Orders, or related issues.

Call: 1-888-535-6136 (available daily from 8am to 5pm)

Email: COVID19@michigan.gov

Michigan 2-1-1

“Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? We’re here for you. Any time. All the time. Just call, text, or search online and we’ll get you connected.”

Call: 2-1-1 or 1-844-875-9211

Text: Your zip code to 898211

Visit: https://www.mi211.org/

Michigan Medicine Resources

Michigan Psychiatry Resources for COVID-19

“This information has been developed by our outstanding faculty members with extensive expertise in many of the issues affecting you and your families during this critical “stay at home” period. Faculty members are working hard to provide up-to-date and practical links to helpful resources.”

Visit: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/psychiatry/michigan-psychiatry-resources-covid-19

“14 Things to Do If Someone You Live With Has COVID-19” by Kara Gavin

“Tips for helping a family member or roommate cope with coronavirus effects, while protecting yourself and others.”

Visit: https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/14-things-to-do-if-someone-you-live-has-covid-19

Nationwide Resources

Mental Health Warmlines (Mental Health America)

A comprehensive list of mental health warmlines by state. “Warmlines were created to give people support when they just need to talk to someone. Speaking to someone on these calls are typically free, confidential, and run by people who understand what it’s like to struggle with mental health problems.”

Visit: https://screening.mhanational.org/content/need-talk-someone-warmlines

COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults, Family Caregivers and Health Care Providers (John A. Hartford Foundation)

“Resources… with information for older adults, family caregivers and health care providers.”

Visit: https://www.johnahartford.org/dissemination-center/view/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-resources-for-older-adults-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers

Online Support Groups

Survivor Corps

Survivor Corps is a not for profit, grassroots movement educating and mobilizing COVID-19 survivors and connecting them with the medical, scientific and academic research community, to help stem the tide of this pandemic and assist in the national recovery.

Visit: www.SurvivorCorps.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/COVID19survivorcorps/

Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group

The Body Politic COVID-19 Support Group consists of people from all over the world who have tested positive, are experiencing symptoms, or are recovering from COVID-19. The group uses the platform Slack to connect their large membership and allow for small discussion channels based on community or topic.

Visit: https://www.wearebodypolitic.com/covid19

COVID-19 Recovery Awareness

COVID-19 Recovery Awareness is a resource for those looking for support during their extended “mild” or “moderate” Covid-19 case recovery. Their collection of featured articles and research projects offer support and education opportunities for patients to be able to advocate for themselves, especially as people experience unexpectedly long recoveries.

Visit: https://www.c19recoveryawareness.com/

Covid-19 Recovered – Survivors

A website and international and private Facebook group founded for people to connect around COVID-19, specifically for sharing stories and useful information.

Visit: https://www.corecovered.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/supportgroupcovid19/

Long COVID

Large numbers of people report suffering from prolonged, debilitating and sometimes serious symptoms following infection with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. The Long COVID website, along with a private Facebook group, are available for information and support regarding the lived experiences of those dealing with an illness that does not match the typical COVID experience.

Visit: https://www.longcovid.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/longcovid/

COVID-19 Recovery Collective

The COVID-19 Recovery Collective is a UK based website dedicated to helping others on their recovery journey by sharing stories and resources. You can read stories about other survivors’ recovery experiences, as well as explore many other resources that they have compiled.

Visit: https://covid19-recovery.org/

Social Media Support Groups

Covid-19 Support Group

This private Facebook group provides a place for people to share their stories related to COVID-19.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/517530815866036

Covid-19 Survivors

The goal of this private Facebook group is to create a space where people who are living through the diagnosis of COVID-19, have friends and family that are living through it, or people who want first hand knowledge of what it is like, can get together.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1518619431626293

Covid-19 Support Group (have it/had it)

This private Facebook group is a space for people who have had COVID-19, or have it currently. The purpose of this group is to gain and share information about the experience with COVID-19 to be of service to others.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CV19supportgroup

COVID19positive Subreddit

A large (80,000+ member), moderated online support group for people who test positive for COVID-19. This is a “subreddit,” which is a special-topic community hosted on reddit.com. Reddit is a social news aggregator. COVID19positive describes itself as “A place for people who came back positive for COVID19 can share your stories, experiences, answer questions and vent!”

Visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/COVID19positive/

COVID19_Testimonials Subreddit

This subreddit group is a community for patients who have survived COVID-19 to share their experiences, symptoms and practices. According to COVID19_Testimonials the goal of the group is “to provide an open an honest forum of truthful and accurate testimonials that will help the general population prepare for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).”

Visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/COVID19_Testimonials/

CoronavirusSurvivors Subreddit

CoronavirusSurvivors is another subreddit group for survivors of Coronavirus. The group is an outlet for survivors to share their experience, their road to recovery and their journey back to full health.

Visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CoronavirusSurvivors/