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Important Alert and Resources: Coronavirus

Important Resources re Covid-19 Emergency

 

MA Resources:

• Department of Public Health (DPH): Please visit the website of the Department of Public Health to view daily updates on emergency orders, emergency guidelines, printable fact sheets, links to other important sources of information.

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

 

• 2-1-1 Information Hotline: Massachusetts has also created a 2-1-1 call line to provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.  Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone.  Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options.  Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus.

 

• Volunteer with MA Responds: If you are looking for ways to support and volunteer, MA Responds and Mass.gov have developed a program working with local providers and boards of health across the Commonwealth to find places where health professionals like you could volunteer to support your community. Clinicians do need to be licensed and vetted. See the page here: https://www.mass.gov/health-services-covid-19-volunteer-form

 

• Volunteer with Lahey Hospital: Additionally, 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-volunteers-sew-masks

 

Federal Resources

• SAMSHA Publications:

• SAMHSA general information and resources:      https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus

• "Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak,"                    

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. 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.                           ​;                         ​;                         ​;                         ​;             Available to download here: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Taking-Care-of-Your-Behavioral-Health-During-an-Infectious-Disease-Out​break/sma14-4894.

• 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. (https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline)

 

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