NAMI LCH: Proactive Measures to Prevent COVID-19
|As the Coronavirus continues to spread, and with deep concern for the health of our staff, volunteers and the people we serve, NAMI LCH is taking action in line with the Florida Department of Health. We know that we need to play our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Reducing social contact now can slow the spread and prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed.|
For the next several weeks, the NAMI LCH office will be operating remotely. For the health and safety of our volunteers, the NAMI Support Groups and Classes are temporary canceled. Helpline is operational, but expect delays. We are always reachable by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be answering emails within 24 – 48 business hours of receipt. If you need immediate assistance, the Crisis Text Line is open 24/7 – text NAMI to 741741. For immediate information and resources, visit www.nami.org/helpline. We are working to enable live service and will keep the NAMI community updated. In the meantime, The NAMI HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide may be helpful and can provide answers and guidance for frequently asked questions and common concerns.
|We are concerned about the mental health of the people we serve and the greater community. This is a very trying time. If you have questions about COVID-19, the Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com.
Take care of yourself. We know people are feeling overwhelmed and increasingly anxious. Remember that knowledge is power and don’t accept everything that you hear or read. Go to trusted sites such as the CDC or the Florida Department of Health. And limit the amount of time you spend watching or listening to the news.
|While we are supposed to socially isolate ourselves to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, we don’t need to emotionally isolate ourselves. Check-in with people you care about or neighbors who don’t have close family or friends by calling, emailing or connecting on social media. Keep a routine, eat healthily and take a walk. Download the apps that help with anxiety such as Calm or Headspace. Listen to calming music.
By doing what we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and by supporting each other, we will make it through this difficult time. NAMI LCH will continue to keep you updated as this situation evolves and share more information as things change.
|For some additional resources, check out these websites:|
- CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
- The Jed Foundation Tips for Self-Care and Managing Stress
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- SAMHSA Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (English, Spanish, and Chinese versions available).
- Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
|Thank you for your patience and understanding as we create a path forward to continue to carry our mission while working to protect our staff, volunteers and people in our community.