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Metro partners with Psych Hub to provide mental health resources during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 14:48:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville has partnered with Psych Hub to share mental health resources to help people build resilience and find ways to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, co-founder of Psych Hub and founder of The Kennedy Forum, calls to the Suicide Hotline are up 800%. The hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Persons in crisis should call the Mobile Crisis line at 615-726-0125, or the Crisis Center at 615-244-7444, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information about the Clinical Health Services offered by Metro Health, click here.

Psych Hub has videos on its website featuring tips on managing social distancing and how to protect yourself from burnout. Click here to see the full list.

Metro officials say health care workers are also suffering mental health consequences. According to a release, a recent survey found that, of 1,257 health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients in China, 71.5% report experiencing symptoms of psychological distress. Additionally, 50% showed symptoms of depression, 45% of anxiety, and 34% of insomnia.

Resources for health care providers:

The CDC also has resources on coping and managing stress/anxiety during this time.

Read more: 5 tips for working from home amid COVID-19 via Psychology Today

Additional resources:

American Psychological Association (APA): APA’s resources include articles, tip sheets, podcasts, and webinars to support the mental wellness of psychologists, health care professionals, and those in quarantine due to COVID-19. Learn more at www.apa.org/COVID-19.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): AFSP’s resources are designed to help everyone to take care of their mental health and to reach out and stay connected to those who may be isolated and need the extra support. Learn more about AFSP’s resources on Mental Health and COVID19 by visiting https://afsp.org/COVID19.

Columbia Psychiatry: Columbia Psychiatry resources include articles, mini-courses, podcasts, webinars and interviews to support the work and mental wellness of health care professionals, researchers, patients and those in quarantine due to COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/coronavirus-resource-center and https://www.columbiapsychiatry.org/news/covid-19-updates-and-information-columbia-psychiatry.

Mental Health America: Mental Health America provides guidance in numerous areas, including financial support, tools and information on anxiety, tools to connect with others, resources for immediate response, webinars, live events and workshops, for mental health providers, parents, caregivers, older adults, domestic violence survivors, the LGBTQ community, veterans, how-to articles, and general information about COVID-19. Find the comprehensive list at mhanational.org/covid19.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI’s resources address FAQs regarding the intersection between the coronavirus and people affected by mental illness and their families and caregivers. Topics range from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications. Learn more at https://nami.org/covid-19..

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