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The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

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Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

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CITY LAUNCHES DAY TIME MENTAL HEALTH “WARM LINE” FOR BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
City of Berkeley Mental Health Division Focuses on Access to Services During Shelter in Place Order

Berkeley, California (Friday, May 08, 2020) - Students, families and teachers of Berkeley High School and Berkeley Technical Academy can now connect with a licensed mental health care professional during the BUSD school closure.

This new "warm line" offers bilingual support, information, consultations, and resources with a call to (510) 981-5240, Monday through Friday from 11:30 am - 4 pm. Services are available in English and Spanish.

For BUSD high school students, school closures interrupted access to onsite Berkeley Mental Health counselors. This new phone line connects students, parents, and teachers to the mental health professionals they have relied on for support.

The Berkeley High School Warm Line is one of several Berkeley Mental Health strategies to continue services during this pandemic. There are also other resources for Berkeley residents looking for support during this time, including:

  • California Peer-Run Warm Line,855-845-7415
    Mental Health Association of San Francisco 
    Non-emergency number for those feeling anxiety or seeking emotional support. Assistance available via web chat or phone.

  • 24 Hour Crisis Support Line,800-273-8255
    Crisis Support of Alameda County
    Trained Crisis Line Counselors are available 24/7 to take your call. For those struggling with difficult life circumstances or uncomfortable thoughts and emotions. You do not need to be experience suicidal thoughts or feelings to call.

  • Berkeley Mental Health Crisis Triage Line ( 510) 981-5244
    City of Berkeley Mental Health Division 
    Speak to a local mental health professional for support and resources over the phone. The crisis line has expanded its hours and is open Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

During this time, it is normal to experience elevated levels of stress, anxiety, and fear. While we must remain physically distant, we can continue to find ways to connect with each other emotionally. Take steps to care for yourself and your loved one's mental health and emotional needs at this time. Read our message on managing anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic for additional information and tips.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for information on COVID-19, recommendations from Berkeley Public Health, and changes to City services and send questions to covid19@cityofberkeley.info.

 

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