For over two weeks, New York’s positive test rate has been under 1 percent — a stark contrast to when the state was epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring.


What You Need To Know

  • Research from past virus outbreaks, like SARS from 2002-2004, highlight long-term mental health needs
  • New York Office of Mental Health (NYOMH) releases new ways to maintain mental health amid the pandemic as New York enters final stage of reopening
  • NYOMH is offering Coping Circles, free support groups to residents of the state 18 and older facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. Enrollment ends Aug. 31

After the 2003 SARS outbreak, multiple studies showed that it had lasting mental health impacts on first responders and survivors of the virus.

As New York enters its last phase in reopening — including allowing schools and gyms to operate — the New York Office of Mental Health (NYOMH) released new tips to cope with stress, anxiety, and more at this stage.

The tips include practicing validation for stress reactions in yourself and others, trying new hobbies, staying connected safely, and practicing healthy coping skills.

NYOMH also launched Coping Circles, a free six-week support and resilience group done through telehealth and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.

New Yorkers 18 and older are eligible and the circles are open to the general public.

If there’s demand, there will be specialized circles for health care workers, first responders, survivors of COVID-19, those who have experienced job loss, and those who have experienced loss of loved ones to the virus.

Coping Circles enrollment is open until August 31; to enroll click here. To learn more about the Coping Circles, click here.

New York operates a free emotional support helpline at 1-844-863-9314 or visit