NAMI MC’s COVID-19 Continuity of Operations Plan
Last updated: 28 July 2020
NAMI MC Emergency Closing Decisions
The NAMI MC Program Office is working remotely. Our Helpline is still operating from 9 AM – 4 PM.
NAMI Montgomery County Programs follow Montgomery County Public Schools closing decisions. NAMI MC Support Groups and Classes will meet online via Zoom.
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Managing Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced on March 12, 2020, that all Maryland schools must close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While NAMI is taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously, we also want to make sure the people whom we serve, those who live with mental illness and those who love them, don’t miss out on the information and support that we have to offer. People with mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms.
- For anyone who is unsure about teletherapy or mental health services online. Visit psychologytoday.com to search for online counseling providers.
- For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, ask your healthcare 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 allowed.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) offers a webinar on health anxiety and how to overcome it: https://adaa.org/webinar/consumer/health-anxiety-what-it-and-how-you-can-overcome-it
- Online Support Groups are available through organizations such as The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the ADAA, or the online platform Support Groups Central.
- The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has more resources to help with mental health and coping with COVID-19: http://www.sprc.org/news/resources-support-mental-health-coping-coronavirus-covid-19
- Online Counseling Programs offers more resources and tips: https://onlinecounselingprograms.com/blog/mental-health-covid-19/
- Local & National Hotlines:
- Montgomery County Crisis Center: 240-777-4000.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Take Care of Your Mental Health: Tips From the CDC
- Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.
- Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member.
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.
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Resources for COVID-19
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Steps to prevent illness
- Montgomery County Health and Human Services
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- World Health Organization
- Local behavioral health providers:
- Montgomery County Crisis Center – COVID-19 update from Montgomery County Health & Human Services
- Adventist Behavioral Health – COVID-19 update from Adventist
- Suburban Hospital – COVID-19 update from Johns Hopkins
- Holy Cross Germantown – COVID-19 update from Holy Cross
- MedStar Montgomery – COVID-19 update from MedStar