March 20, 2020
Hello Wood County Community!
I wanted to let you all know that we have moved our support groups online and have increased the frequency to weekly for most groups. We are also offering a brief daily check in for folks.
To participate, follow the link provided below. You do not need a smart phone or computer – it is available by calling the toll free numbers as well.
In the meantime, reach out if you need something.
March 16, 2020
Dear NAMI Wood County Supporters and Friends:
By public health authorities across the nation, state, and county as well as NAMI Ohio, we will be moving to an all online platform for our support groups during the month of March 2020. We are still available for support during this very stressful time for our community, but in a way that takes into consideration the health of everyone involved.
We will reevaluate based on the status of the current public health situation concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will put an announcement out to the public by Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in regard to the status of our scheduled programming.
Please stay up-to-date with information via our website, social media, and emails, and feel free to contact us at 419-352-0626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In the meantime, we will be offering all of our support groups via Go To Meeting, an online video chat service free of charge to users. Again, please email email@example.com to opt into this or visit the support group page for more information.
NAMI Wood County understands that the public health situation concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be causing anxiety and worry among individuals. Some other reactions and feelings that may happen as this situation unfolds can include difficulty concentrating and sleeping, anger, hyper-vigilance to your body and health, social withdrawal, and feeling helplessness. While this health issue is being taken very seriously by public health authorities, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. Below are some simple and effective ways to manage fears and anxieties:
- Get the facts: Check credible news sources such as the Center for Disease Control for the latest updates.
- Keep things in perspective: Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Although, you’ll want to keep informed – especially if you have loved ones in affected countries – remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over
- Be mindful of your assumptions about others: Someone who has a cough or fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.
- Stay healthy: Adopting healthy hygienic habits such as washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick.
- Keep connected: Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
- Seek additional help: Individuals who feel an overwhelming worry or anxiety can seek additional professional mental health support.
For more information on managing stress and mental health regarding this public health situation, please visit NAMI or Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
We understand that there may be additionally stressors caused due to this public health crisis that may lead people to thoughts of hurting or killing themselves. It is a very stressful and difficult time for many individuals in our community, but NAMI Wood County wants you to know that you are not alone. For immediate assistance, please call the Wood County Crisis Line 419-502-HOPE (4673) or text “NAMI” at the Crisis Text Line by messaging 741-741. Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to any additional resources and referrals including mental health treatment today, or any other resources you may need during this time.
Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You are not alone.
Jessica Schmitt-Hartman, Executive Director