WE ARE HELPING
We at GPS are committed to ensuring that during the Covid-19 Pandemic that every person who needs support is able to get it. We know that being isolated during this time only makes it harder. We know that people are worried, upset, grieving, and heartbroken. We know many have lost jobs, loved ones and are lacking security that they need. We know that all of our lives have changed dramatically. None of this is easy.
That’s why we need to provide support for people. NOW.
Support groups break isolation, provide much needed opportunities to connect and allow us to say the things that are heaviest on our heart. We have never needed each other more.
FIND A SUPPORT GROUP
Free GPS Support Groups are available now. You deserve to be connected to people who want to listen. You are not alone. Whatever your experience during the Covid-19 pandemic, we know it is hard. Harder than ever. Reach out now.
VOLUNTEER TO LEAD SUPPORT GROUPS
We are offering free support groups to all who need them. And we know the need has never been greater. Join us and become part of our team of volunteer support group leaders. All are welcome — mental health clinicians, providers, social service workers, faith-based leaders, people with lived experience, peers and ordinary people who care.
You provide the heart. We provide the training.
PARTNER WITH US
We welcome you to partner with us to bring GPS to your organization, agency, or community. We are actively seeking partners to join with us in ensuring that every person has the support then need. Contact us to join our quickly growing list of partners.
WE NEED EACH OTHER MORE THAN EVER
GPS is responding to the Covid-19 Pandemic by offering support groups for those in need as well as providing necessary training to providers who are rapidly moving their support groups online. At this moment when physical distancing is the most important action we can take to ensure the best health outcomes for the most number of people, we know that social connection is essential. Support groups are an important way to ensure that people in need are receiving the support necessary to meet the daily challenges of this moment.
Many of us are quarantined in our homes right now; alone, raising children, caring for family members, trying to work from home, all at the same time. Many of us have lost our jobs in the past weeks, worried about how we will pay for basics like food and housing. Far too many of us are on the frontlines, caring for the sick and vulnerable, protecting our communities, cleaning the streets, driving trucks to bring basic goods to our stores while cashiers ring up our food.
Many of us work in fields where we are care providers for the most vulnerable. We are called to our work because we care so deeply. It breaks our hearts to see those we care about suffering.
We can’t sleep at night with worry.
REALITIES OF LIVING IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
- This crisis is bringing up strong emotions for all of us. Anxiety, depression and fear, grief, loss, hopelessness, anger and confusion live in each one of us right now.
- Social isolation can bring up past hurts and traumas, reminding us, consciously or not, of times in our lives when we were alone, vulnerable and unprotected, when we felt abandoned, left behind or unsafe.
- We are worried about the health and life of our loved ones and of ourselves. Many of us are thinking about death in ways we have not before.
- As a human family, we are facing the unknown. None of us know what to expect in the coming weeks or months. It’s surreal and scary.
- Our lives have been turned upside down and changed, some forever, in a matter of weeks.
WHAT IS ALSO TRUE ABOUT US
- Our lives are precious. We are committed to our work, to helping people with the skills and love we have, and we also care deeply about keeping our own families safe and protected.
- It is not only normal, but totally expected and ok, to feel the whole spectrum of strong emotions when faced with a dangerous situation we have never experienced before.
- We must have compassion, respect and non-judgement for ourselves. It may be messy, but we are doing the best that we can right now.
- We are creative, resilient, intelligent, capable and courageous, even when we are scared, grief-stricken and struggling.
- We can embrace this time with our whole hearts intact. We can reach out to give and receive love, hope and healing.
- We can find moments of beauty and connection, even in these very hard times.
I’m a medical provider and we are seeing more covid-19 patients everyday. I’m scared and feel incredibly overwhelmed. I attended a GPS group for front-line workers and heard from others in a similar situation. We couldn’t solve the huge problems we face right now, but for a moment I didn’t feel alone and this is giving me the strength to go on.Hospital Nurse, California
I provide mental health services to the homeless community. They are in a crisis right now, and there aren’t enough resources to help them. I feel so helpless and burnt out. Out of desperation I attended a GPS group because I needed some relief for me. I got to be with folks who really understand. Crying with them was such a blessing.Social Worker, Massachusetts