Substance Use & Mental Health

(Reviewed September 15, 2023)

It is important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Resources are available for members to cope and stay healthy.

Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many New Yorkers feeling anxious and stressed. If you are feeling anxiety, fear, and/or helplessness and need help, reach out to one of these resources:

988 Suicide and & Crisis Lifeline -- 988 or 800-273-8255

The NYS Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) offers many resources for those needing assistance:
Mental Health Crisis Prevention
Mental Health and Wellness Information

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Discover mental health resources for healthcare professionals. Find a mental health professional by calling 800-950-NAMI or contact their Crisis Text LineText NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

The American Dental Association has resources for mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers coping skills to manage stress burnout.

Substance Use

NYSDA is aware of the medical and financial struggles so many of our dentists are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you know, there is no pause button for substance use disorder. We want you to know that NYSDA's Committee on Substance Abuse and Well-Being is here to support and assist you, your family or a colleague who may need help. We are a confidential phone call away. Take advantage of your NYSDA member benefit and contact us immediately. We are here to help.

For assistance with a substance use disorder, contact:
Dr. Bob Herzog at 716-830-3055 or OR
Ms. Jacquie Donnelly at NYSDA, 518-689-2750 or