I hope everyone is practicing self care as we navigate our new environment! I posted earlier in the week creative ways to do our work as we practice social distancing and telework mandates. I was asked to put together COVID19 Standards of Care for Prevention that DBHDS will be sending out for all areas of care. It’s the same info but reworded and is below. Once again, please continue to POST any creative ways you are assisting the community in this new space of COVID19. If anyone is posting anything for parents coping with kids at home please share! Be well! Gail
COVID19 BH Wellness Standards of Care
Crucial time for Prevention staff to be in place due to the heightened risk of suicide, substance misuse, depression and anxiety. Prevention Professionals across not only the Commonwealth, but the country, and have been rallied to:
– Keep the community informed with information on wellness, healthy coping measures
– Continued community engagement to decrease social isolation which heightens the risk in those problem areas identified above through the creative use of social media messaging and creative technology based, community engagement strategies, i.e. Zoom coalition meetings, educational opportunities, self-care messages
– Connect with program participants via telecommunications to continue connections and remote availability
– Decrease suicide and other behavioral health risks and increase the ever important protective factors of community engagement, wellness information and available resources.