As weeks in isolation drag on, one thing is clear - the COVID-19 quarantine is taking a toll on our collective mental health. While some might find this time valuable for reflection and growth, almost all of us are experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression. And for those with pre-existing mental health conditions, the added uncertainity of COVID makes their stability even more fragile.
The good news? The doors at YFC remain open, and our therapists are available to respond to the ever-increasing mental health needs of our community. But just like providers at physician offices and hospitals, mental health practitioners have had to make major changes in the ways they deliver services. Here are just a few of the way YFC has adjusted:
- When social distancing requirements made it impossible to work with clients in a face-to-face manner, YFC therapists quickly implemented a HIPPA-compliant teletherapy platform. This technology allows therapist & client to see and speak to each other in a secure, intimate way. Although not an ideal way to provide counseling, teletherapy adds a valuable option to YFC's session delivery menu, and meets the needs of many clients while abiding by stay-at-home orders.
- Administratively, YFC leadership took steps to keep our physical doors open, by applying for and receiving funds from the Payroll Protection Plan program. This cash-flow assistance program helped to secure business operations during these uncertain times and assure YFC staffers remain employed and available to clients.
- YFC therapists will soon offer free "call-in" support services for those clients who don't want or need to engage in on-going therapy. This service, available in English and Spanish, is designed to give callers a chance to talk with a licensed therapist and receive advice or a brief consultation about mental health matters. Open call times will run from April 28-June 1, every Tuesday, from 9:00-noon and every Friday from 10:30-1:30. For more information, contact YFC's New Client Coordinator, Bri Roberts, at (847) 748-0301.