Getting help for mental, emotional, and behavioral health reasons can be a challenge in the best of times. The stress of COVID-19 and related issues such as unemployment and isolation have made those challenges more substantial. But just as some people are discovering how to work from home, they are also discovering that access to care can be made easier, and maybe even improved, through telehealth technology and providers.
Youth Home’s outpatient clinic, Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, has launched a telehealth initiative to maintain contact with clients. Visit their website to learn more and read on for more information about the impact of COVID-19 in different ways.
Thanks to THV-11 for promoting the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 emergency, in this story from Melissa Zygowicz. Even a temporary use of virtual therapy can help people cope with the increased stress caused by physical distancing, isolation, or loss of a job.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services has a mental health and addiction hotline available at 844-763-0198, and is also updating regularly about resources available at this time. They also have a list of resources available for mental health and other concerns during the pandemic in addition to ongoing updated information about coronavirus in Arkansas.
Lead clinical therapist Kerry Ingram, a team member at Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas, helped THV-11 share important information about identifying suicide risk. A North Little Rock man spoke with the channel after a friend ended his own life. The stress of COVID-19 can make everyday life even harder for people with mental illness. Watching out for mental health as well as physical health is important with physical distancing. For help with suicide issues, you can text “Help” to 1-800-273-8255. You can also search for the Arkansas Lifeline Call Center online.
In a follow up to our previous post about the Disaster Distress Helpline, CNN reported the disaster assistance hotline saw an almost 900% increase in activity over the same time last year. The phone number is 1-800-985-5990 and you can make contact by texting TalkWithUs to 66746. Trained crisis counselors are on the other end.
Youth Home has an ongoing campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness and mental health care, Live Stigma Free. Actress and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson, who is a celebrity advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health care, is preparing to offer a free virtual therapy service specifically dedicated to the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of African-Americans. For more information, read this story or visit The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.