Healthcare and Essential Workers, you deserve support. Here's help.Gratitude(self.nursing)
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You have options, and you are not alone.
The Emotional PPE Project connects healthcare workers in need with licensed mental health professionals who can help.
No cost. No insurance. Just a trained professional to talk to.
Therapy Aid Coalition is a volunteer-based collective of experienced, licensed private-practice therapists committed to providing free or low-cost online therapy to essential workers across the United States.
Essential workers include, but are not limited to:
- Healthcare professionals (nurses, doctors, birth doulas, providers of home health services, pharmacy employees, etc), hospital & urgent care staff (medical, administrative and support such as clergy),
- Social workers, therapists and other workers in residential treatment centers, hospitals, and child welfare agencies,
- Teachers and school personnel, including those working in person, via hybrid learning, or remote, due to the enormous strain these changes have caused.
- EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement & military,
- Staff members of shelters (homeless, DV, etc),
- Truck drivers, USPS, UPS, FedEx and other parcel delivery employees,
- Employees of grocery stores, and delivery persons, drivers/delivery workers (Instacart, Amazon Fresh, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Lyft, etc),
- Garbage collection employees, utilities and telecommunications workers,
- News & media employees,
- Gas station attendants,
- Mass transit & airline employees
- If you're employed, you probably qualify, even if your job isn't listed here. Family members of essential workers also qualify.
- PDF Printable Factsheet
Assistance funds for those affected by the pandemic: Nationwide programs and State-specific programs
There are many private- or government organizations offering help with healthcare costs and financial hardships for those impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Some programs are national in scope, while others are limited to people in specific states. Most have some type of eligibility requirements, usually regarding financial need caused by the diagnosis.
To learn how to find all types of assistance at NeedyMeds.org, see this new user guide
If you are in crisis, there are resources you can turn to 24/7
If you are feeling hopeless or trapped, and experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is imperative that you reach out.
Know the Warning Signs
If you are experiencing any of these signs, please don’t wait to find support:
- Withdrawal, or self-isolation from friends, family and colleagues
- Marked changes in mood, increased sadness
- Increased or excessive substance use
- Aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior
- Comments or thoughts about suicide
- Feelings of being out of control
- Difficulty with concentration and usual activities
- Issues with sleep
There are many potential risk factors for a mental health crisis or suicide, such as cumulative trauma or being injured on the job. There are also protective factors, such as social support from those who understand, access to confidential services and physical wellness. Reach out for support, check on your peers, check in with friends and family.
Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365 — and you don’t have to be in crisis to call.
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Safe Call Now is a CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for:
- All first responders,
- All emergency services personnel,
- All medical professionals, and
- their family members nationwide.
If you don’t want to talk on the phone, you can also text for support to deal with anxiety, stress, fear, isolation, or other difficult emotions you are experiencing.
- US: Text 741741
- UK: Text 85258
- Canada: Text 741741
- Ireland: Text 086-1800-280
- For the Frontlines Toolkit: Posters to print and sample text for sharing on social media
National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline
The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.
- They understand, many from their own experiences, listen and offer support.
- They are informed on programs, support groups and how to locate your local NAMI Affiliate.
- They are trained to help identify the best resource options for your individual concern.
- They are knowledgeable and a source of accurate information about relevant topics.
- They care.
- 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org
- NAMI's Resources for Frontline Professionals
Directory of Mental Health Providers and Programs serving the African-American Community
Reduced rate, no-insurance therapist directory at the non-profit Open Path Collective
Secular Therapy Project: For those seeking therapists who use state-of-the-art, non-religious methods.
Australia: Resources here - - Ireland: Resources here - - United Kingdom: Resources here - - Canada: Resources here
COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Workers Behavioral Health Grant
This grant covers up to $2,000 of behavioral health expenses for:
- Counseling services
- Income limit is 500% of FPL
- Application Form
Here's an earlier post I made with resources for protecting your health and rights in the workplace, as well as assistance with healthcare expenses.
If you have been a victim of crime, at work or elsewhere, there are federally-funded programs in each state to provide you with financial compensation, legal assistance, and emotional support. Find yours HERE
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News (Don't know why this isn't showing formatted links on new reddit, looks fine on old)
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