While the office is officially closed until we get the “all clear”, we are working hard to bring you the support and education resources virtually online. Check back here for regular updates.
· Connections Support Groups many are up and online! Click here for the days and times.
· Family Support Groups several of them re now online! Click here for the days and times.
· Other Support Groups Diagnosis and audience specific. Click here for the days and times.
· Online Classes Basics, Homefront, and the Veterans Recovery Series are available now! Click here for the days and times.
· Peer Resource Coordinator Angie is back and available by phone (503-344-5050) or online! To book an appointment, email her here.
· 1:1 Family & Peer Support is now available online and by phone! Make a call - get a call. Sign up here!
CORONA VIRUS RELATED Resources:
The latest from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The latest from the World Health Organization (WHO)
The latest from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admiistration (SAMHSA)
Coping with coronavirus anxiety - Harvard Medical School
Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Tips and Resources - Anxiety & Depression Assn. of America (ADAA)
Oregon Health Authority - COVID-19
The current NAMI Clackamas Coronavirus Policy is here.
All In-Person NAMI Clackamas programs, support groups, and classes are CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
The NAMI Walk is still on although contingency plans are in process in case we are instructed not to hold the Walk. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime and regardless of the outcome, why not join the NAMI Clackamas Virtual Walk Team! and Practice Responsible Social Distancing!
Other Suggested online support communities
· 7 Cups: www.7cups.com Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish.
· Emotions Anonymous: www.emotionsanonymous.org An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in-person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide. The EA is nonprofessional resource and cannot be a replacement to therapy.
· Support Group Central: www.supportgroupscentral.com Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions – free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
· The Tribe Wellness Community: www.support.therapytribe.com Free, online peer support groups which is tailored to members who are facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.
· For Like Minds: www.forlikeminds.com Online mental health support network that allows for individuals to connect with others who are living with or supporting someone with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, and stressful life events.
· In The Rooms Online: https://www.intherooms.com/home/ In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues embracing multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
NAMI Offers These Tips For People With Mental Illness:
For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online. We at NAMI Clackamas are currently exploring ways to offer remote support and education to those in need. Please stay check back here for details as they emerge.
For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.
Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
The NAMI HelpLine Coronavirus Information and Resources Guide may be helpful if you have additional questions or concerns.
NAMI also strongly encourages people to not only check the CDC website daily for updates, but also to listen for updates from local news and public health care providers.
The CDC Offers These Basic Tips While At Work:
Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards and phones, to help remove germs.
Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes.
Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you must stay home.
If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.
Learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses at work.
For more information, the CDC's COVID-19 Situation Summary page provides updates as information becomes available.
Suggested news articles to explore further:
· VICE (3.5.20) – How to Deal With Coronavirus If You Have OCD or Anxiety
· Today (3.3.20) – How to survive coronavirus anxiety: 8 tips from mental health experts
· CBS This Morning, via YouTube (3.10.20)—How to manage anxiety over Coronavirus
· CNBC (3.10.20)—WHO gives advice on handling mental health toll from the Coronavirus
Check out NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff addressing the issues of the coronavirus and the increasing demand for mental health resources.