NAMI’s mission of providing educational services will continue to be available during the outbreak of COVID-19. Our mental health resources and support are considered life-sustaining, and we will continue to do our part in the Erie Community.
You can join our online support group by clicking here. These groups will be available weekdays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. For questions, call (814) 456-1773. Please note if using a mobile phone, you must first download the zoom meeting app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
Tips for People with Mental Illness:
1. For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
2. For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed. Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
3. Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
4. Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
The CDC’s Basic Tips While Working:
1. Find out about your employer’s plans if an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs and whether flu vaccinations are offered on-site.
2. Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards and phones, to help remove germs.
3. Make sure your workplace has an adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes.
4. Train others on how to do your job so they can cover for you in case you or a family member gets sick and you must stay home.
5. If you begin to feel sick while at work, go home as soon as possible.
For the complete guide and FAQ’s about COVID-19 from NAMI click here.
I’m Denise Kolivoski, Executive Director of NAMI of Erie County. NAMI is aware of the additional challenges that our Erie community faces with the spread of COVID-19. Individuals with mental health conditions, caregivers and loved ones are all facing unique needs and concerns. That’s why NAMI has created an online support group weekdays at noon to help folks coping with COVID-19. No formal diagnosis is required. Now available at NAMIerie.org. NAMI is doing our part to strengthen the Erie community. We’re stronger together. Please adhere to all of the safety guidelines issued by our local representatives. In the meantime, join us in promoting the resilience of our Erie community with the hashtag #StrongerTogetherErie.