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Important Alert and Resources: Coronavirus

On March 10th, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

State officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working to provide the up to date information and resources for the public, including employers, workers, and agencies of various types. This helpful information includes facts on prevention, guidance and recommendations, and printable fact sheets. 

Please visit the website of the Department of Public Health to view their information and guidelines: 

https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

SAMHSA has also created a page of information and resources: https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus

Additionally, many folks served by counseling and mental health professionals may experience anxiety or increases in symptoms due to the worry about Coronavirus and the media exposure/messages. SAMHSA has a helpful publication called, "Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak," which is available to download here: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Taking-Care-of-Your-Behavioral-Health-Du​ring-an-Infectious-Disease-Outbreak/sma14-4894. This publication has good information about feelings and thoughts that can be triggered by these types of events, as well as ways to cope, support, and advocate for oneself. SAMHSA also provides the Disaster Distress Helpline. This is a 24/7, 365 crisis counseling hotline, and text resource, for any individual that is experiencing distress related to natural or human caused disasters. Please read below for more information:

Disaster Distress Helpline (https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline)

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

In whatever setting you work, whether it be an outpatient clinic, hospital, school, or community agency, please take the necessary extra precautions recommended by the state and by your employers to prevent the further outbreak and harm caused by this disease.

If you are looking for ways to support, many hospitals and agencies like Lahey Hospital are seeking volunteers to help sew masks as there is a shortage of these critical supplies: https://patch.com/massachusetts/burlington/coronavirus-lahey-hospital-seeks-voluntee​rs-sew-masks

 

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