Mental and physical health

Do you need to talk to someone immediately? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a 24/7 helpline with multilingual crisis support services. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

The National Organization on Rare Disorders is hosting a webinar presented by the worlds leading pediatricians focusing on infectious diseases on strategies for coping, staying healthy and reducing anxiety during this uncertain period. It is perfect for patients, caregivers, advocates and the general public. The webinar is March 31st at 2PM.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Erin Lopes provides guidance on what to do if your family member with autism is diagnosed with coronavirus and hospitalized.

Scott Badesch, ASF Board Member and Former President, Autism Society of America shares how COVID-19 has changed his thinking about Opportunities for People with Autism.

Amy S.F. Lutz, President and Co-founder of EASI Foundation, shares how new COVID-19 policies can harm the most vulnerable.


The Autism Science Foundation’s most recent podcast, hosted by ASF CSO Dr. Alycia Halladay, has great tips for handling your child’s crisis-related anxiety. You can listen here.

Mental Health America has created a toolkit for managing anxiety and mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

MIND Institute Facebook Live presentation  provides useful advice on how to deal with anxiety in autism in situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Jeffrey Wood, clinical child psychologist and Associate Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCLA provides CBT based advice for managing you and your child’s anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.


Infectious disease expert Dr. Stanley Plotkin says epilepsy does not increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus, nor does it add additional risk to someone who is diagnosed.

DEE-P Connections, in conjunction with International Foundation for CDKL5 Research-IFCR and Epilepsy Foundation of America, is pleased to invite you to join us for a webinar specifically geared towards our families. They hosted a webinar “Protecting Medically Complex and/or Immune-Suppressed Children with Epilepsy from COVID-19.” View the webinar here:

The Epilepsy Foundation hosted a Facebook live with Patty Osborne Shafer, RN, MN, Jacqueline French, MD and Elaine Wirrell, MD. A Facebook live in Spanish aired on Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. ET with Angel Hernandez, MD and Joe Sirven, MD who answered questions from their Spanish-speaking community.

CURE hosted a Facebook live stream on COVID-19 with neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Loeb, neuroimmunologist Dr. Michael Carrithers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and pediatric neurologist Dr. Douglas R. Nordli from UChicago Medicine.