Would you or your organization like to join us in increasing online support groups to address the mental health crisis caused by COVID-19?
It’s hard to be brave alone. Join us in bringing support groups to all of those who are struggling during this difficult time. We are immediately seeking support group leaders and partner organizations. Together we can help people rise to the challenges of the moment with as much resilience as possible.
We know that although physical distancing is an essential public health priority, it can also create the conditions in which mental health and traumatic experiences can escalate. The overarching fear and stress of being surrounded by the danger of COVID-19 is exacerbated by loss of jobs, death of loved ones, health concerns, frontline work, parenting and social isolation and the pressures and difficulties of meeting basic needs.
People with pre-existing mental health issues are spiraling into crisis and there is not an adequate safety net to prevent them from slipping through the cracks. Relapse of substance use and opioid death, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide attempts, maternal suicide and infanticide are all dramatically increasing. We know that being isolated during this time only makes it harder. We know that people are worried, upset, grieving, and heartbroken. We know that all of our lives have changed dramatically. None of this is easy.
GPS is committed to ensuring that during the Covid-19 Pandemic that every person who needs support is able to get it.
GPS COVID-19 EMERGENCY SUPPORT PROGRAM
One of the most important things we can do for people during the COVID-19 Crisis, both those who are needing to stay at home as well as those whose work responsibilities require that they go out to serve others, is to offer them opportunities to break isolation, connect with others and receive much needed support. Support groups can fill essential gaps in mental health support now, and in the foreseeable future. That’s why we need to provide support for people. NOW.
Online support groups overcome systemic barriers to care; people can access them from their own homes eliminating barriers such as cost, waiting lists, stigma and lack of the access to culturally responsive groups.
Rather than one in-person support group available in a community, online support groups can be accessed regardless of location, therefore increasing access to diverse populations, based on issue (perinatal mothers, addiction and recovery) as well as demographic, language, culture, gender identification and age.
Online support groups can be facilitated by diverse leaders, therefore making them more accessible to traditionally underserved and vulnerable populations.