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Feeling overwhelmed? Can’t sleep or concentrate? You might be dealing with toxic stress.

Text “Stress”  to 211-211 to get resources to address stress. Help  is just one text message away. 

The COVID-19 health and economic crisis has made toxic stress a rising problem for many nationwide. Few people realize that resources are available to lessen the effects of stress and help promote health and well-being despite the difficulties unfolding during this pandemic.

United Ways of California has launched a text-based campaign* dedicated to educating the public about the effects of stress and provide help in various ways including providing stress busting tips, information on general resources for financial stressors, and clinically-proven mental health support resources through our chatbot Gloria. To get started text "stress" to 211211.

Resource Library

Managing Stress

Digital Stress Management Resources

Bereavement and Grief

Financial Assistance

  • Benefit Kitchen can screen you to see if you’re eligible for 18 state, federal, and local resources (in California, New York and Texas)

  • provides information in cash-back credits such as CalEITC, and can help connect you with free tax prep assistance.

  • See if you qualify for Low-Cost Internet Service in your area.

  • Food assistance can be found via a local CA Food Bank or through

Financial Tips – In Partnership with Experian:

Building and Maintaining Credit:

Parenting & Caregiving

* 211-211 is a texting system administered and operated by United Ways of California. This campaign is not a crisis response system and anyone in danger should call 9-1-1 or text HOME to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. 

This campaign is made possible through the generous support of a private donor. If you would like to donate please contact Wesley Samms at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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