"We recognize that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together."
—Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. | NAMI CEO
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 continue to explore new ways to to offer remote support and education to those in need. Visit our PROGRAMSpage to see what online classes and support groups we are currently offering.
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.
NAMI also strongly encourages people to check the the top resources listed above for daily for accurate information and updates.
HOW RIGHT NOW Campaign
How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, it aims to increase people’s ability to adapt and be resilient during this time. The How Right Now initiative is funded by the CDC Foundation. www.howrightnow.org
Here are just a few tips for talking to your children about COVID-19
1. BE DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE.
Try to answer your child's questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly, but it's ok if you can't answer everything. Being available to your child is what's important.
2. BE AWARE OF YOUR OWN ANXIETY.
If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before having a conversation or answering your child's questions.
3. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU'RE DOING TO STAY SAFE.
An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions you are taking.
4. STICK TO ROUTINE.
"We don't like uncertainty, so staying rooted in routines and predictability is going to be helpful right now" advises one doctor. Make sure you are taking care of the basics just like you would during a spring break or summer vacation. Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
5. KEEP TALKING.
Let them know communication is open and as you learn more, you will share it with them.
OHA is working hard to keep the information about where Oregonians can get a COVID-19 test as up to date as possible. You should contact the site first to make sure testing is still occurring. OHA cannot guarantee that you will be able to get tested at one of these sites. It is always best to contact your healthcare provider about getting a COVID-19 test.
If you have Oregon Health Plan (OHP) coverage, testing will be free.
Most health insurance companies will waive co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing. If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, contact your health insurance provider.
You may qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, which is free. Learn more at ONE.Oregon.gov.
If you don’t qualify for OHP, you may qualify for extra savings through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Find out what coverage and savings you may qualify for atOregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop.