I hope all are well as we continue to “washy,washy ” and practice social distancing! Social distancing, the opposite of how we work…always networking and making connections to make it happen! In these times, our work is more important than ever as our communities deal with fear and uncertainty, become isolated, kids and other young people out of school, many unsupervised. Many increased risks for substance misuse, anxiety and depression! With social distancing in place, we just have to be creative in how we do it!
On Friday’s NASADAD (National Association of Substance Abuse Directors) call, Sarah Mariani, Washington State NPN and NPN President, offered the following for community coalitions and prevention staff:
- Facebook Posts with Wellness messages
- Virtual Coalition Meetings
- Remotely Touching Base with Program Participants to make they are ok
- Webinars and Online Professional Development
In prevention, we have always gone from Plan A to be to C and all the way to Z. I already know, you are on it! Thank you for identifying those creative solutions to work and letting the community know, you’re still there and assisting in creating community paths to wellness!
Please, post anything you’re posting on your Facebook pages or websites which may trigger ideas for others! Also, post any interesting resources you have found that the workforce may benefit from. We’ll be on it too!
Thanks for all you do and be safe! Gail