COVID-19 presents some particularly difficult challenges for our community.
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Many in our community have unique health issues that place them at higher risk.  Many of us were struggling with joblessness, homelessness, isolation, stigma, and depression before COVID-19 arrived.  As a cojmmunity, we have usually managed our way through past crises by banding together.  That is a isn’t easy to do right now.   We offer some links and resources below. Stay well.  Reach out.  Care for someone forgotten.

Combating Depression & Suicide

  • Asheville: Our Voice Crisis Hotline: 828-255-7576  | Website
  • National: Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 | Website LGBTQ Support PageAyuda En EspañolCOVID-19 Coping Tips  | Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
  • Safe Space: Website Online tools and links for emotional support.
  • Lifeline Chat: Website  Web chat service connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services.

What You Can Do … Beyond Basic Health Precautions

  • Phone a Forgotten Friend: We’re good at checking in on close friends and people who are well-networked.  Think of someone who might be overlooked right now.   Check on them.
  • Fight Stigma: NC Public Health emphasizes that no group, ethnicity or population in the US is more likely to get or spread COVID-19. Fighting stigma is now a matter of public safety.  It will be harder to contain the spread of COVID-19 if people are afraid to seek testing and assistance.
  • Volunteer: If it is safe to do so.    If it isn’t, remember that you are providing a benefit to everyone in North Carolina by remaining in isolation and quarantine.
    • Sign up to received COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunity alerts from the United Way.
    • Manna Food Bank is in need of healthy volunteers with a lot health risk profile for 2-hour shifts to fill food boxes for the needy [link]. Manna is a key supplier to many community groups, including Loving Food Resources.  (If you volunteer at Manna, add #BlueRidgePride to the remarks field.  We’d like to track our community’s engagement.)
    • Asheville Survival Program – a Facebook page established to help us overcome social distancing and to support the community.

COVID-19 Resources

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | or For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.