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|NAMI Maine's Response to COVID-19|
A Message from NAMI Maine
COVID-19, or the coronavirus, has had a global reach and is impacting both the physical and mental health of Mainers. We know that fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children, as well as exacerbate existing stressors and mental health concerns. It is important to take care of yourself emotionally during this time of turmoil. Click here for more information regarding mental health and COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many practices that you would take into account to avoid the flu or a regular cold apply to preventing COVID-19.
For information on the coronavirus and updates on Maine's response to the disease, visit the Maine Center for Disease Control's website. If you have other questions regarding COVID-19, reach out to Maine 211 at 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Govenor Mill's specific recommendations to help manage COVID-19 in Maine here.
Due to the COVID-19, NAMI Maine has had to postpone some trainings and events based on Govenor Mill's recommendations and the policies of our partner organizations. We have had to postpone our upcoming large events. If you have questions about the status of upcoming trainings or events with NAMI Maine, please contact the appropriate event coordinator.
NAMI Maine's HelpLine (800-464-5767, press 1 or email@example.com) remain available during this time and we hope you will continue to use NAMI Maine as a resource. The Waterville Peer Recovery Center is offering digital peer support at this time, NAMI Maine's Family Respite program remains operational and has expanded during this time, and many of NAMI Maine's support groups and Family-to-Family classes are operating remotely. Connect with your local NAMI Maine affiliate for more information or join into the digital support forums on our Facebook page.
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Many workplaces and schools are encouraging/mandating that employees work from home as a preventative measure. While this can be a great way to boost productivity and focus for some, it can also feel isolating and employees can miss out on important social interactions that take place in an office or work environment. Here are a few tips on staying mentally well while working from home:
“For most of us, having to unexpectedly leave or disengage with our community – even if just for a short time – can be stressful. If you’re feeling that stress, remember that is a natural response. Beyond that, others of us who live with anxiety or other mental illnesses can experience exacerbated symptoms from the added stress.”
COVID-19 has thrown a curveball into the spring semesters for many students. Check out Active Minds' recommendations on how to help manage the stress of the coronavirus with kids whose learning might be changing venues or being disrupted.
Don’t know how to talk to a child about COVID-19? Check out this resource from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration which includes some great tips for talking with children about infectious disease.
Are you a parent or caregiver looking for activities and educational opportunities at home for your child during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out our suggested resources here!