Dear NAMI Rhode Island members, friends and supporters,
During this time, NAMI RI wants to ensure that you are still able to access your resources and support networks. Our office is currently closed, but our staff is working remotely, and available by email. We are also able to access voicemail messages. If you or a loved one are in crisis, please reach out to BH Link (401) 414-LINK (5465) or call 911. Also, the Crisis Hotline is always open at 800-854-7771, or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741. For non-emergency situations, please email us individually or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of building up Zoom-based support groups to temporarily take the place of our usual in-person meetings. As they are scheduled, they will be added to our support group calendar on this website. Just follow each individual link to access that particular meeting by computer or telephone (dial-in).
Please stay safe (and stay home whenever possible). Here are some important tips from NAMI:
- For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
- For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care 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 they are allowed. (Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.)
- Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
- Provide self-care, especially if you are in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
For general information and additional supports, please see the links below:
NAMI NATIONAL MESSAGE & RESOURCES:
GOVERNMENT & LOCAL RESOURCES:
- CDC (Center for Disease Control): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fsummary.html
- Rhode Island Department of Health: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/
- How to Deal with Coronavirus if You Have OCD or Anxiety: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/k7exqm/how-to-deal-with-coronavirus-if-you-have-ocd-or-anxiety?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=curated_vice_daily_1023202
- Tips to Stay Clearheaded during Feelings of Anxiety: https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/03/416836/feeling-anxiety-about-coronavirus-psychologist-offers-tips-stay-clearheaded
- How to Survive Coronavirus Anxiety: https://www.today.com/health/how-survive-coronavirus-anxiety-8-tips-mental-health-experts-t175092
- How to Manage Anxiety over Coronavirus (YouTube news clip): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIQLmDB83Z8
- What Coronavirus Fears are Doing to People with Anxiety Disorders: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/11/what-coronavirus-fears-are-doing-people-with-anxiety-disorders/
- How to Be Together Apart in Times of Social Distancing: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/opinion/internet-coronavirus-social-distancing.html?
- Building Social Solidarity: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/opinion/coronavirus-social-distancing.html