The healthcare community is calling attention to the severe mental health side effects caused by the isolation, grief, income loss, and fear caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans of all ages and races, and from all walks of life, are experiencing unprecedented challenges at home, school, and work while we wait for vaccine distribution and hope our lives can return to something that feels like normal.
Even the most mentally tough among us are experiencing emotional challenges that no one could have been prepared to face. If you are a business owner or manager with employees who you know are struggling, you may feel responsible for offering help but also unprepared to provide it.
Ultimately, expressions of care and kindness go a long way toward helping your team get through this uniquely trying experience. But when you need something more specific, there are resources available to assist you and your team with any health struggles that may have been brought about by or magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re looking for guidance on stress management, grief counseling, substance abuse, or essential care, there are websites and hotlines available to help 24/7.
- NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides 24/7 free crisis counseling via text. To reach a counselor, simply text “NAMI” to 741741.
- The United Way can provide assistance locating food, essential services, and financial assistance (in some areas). Contact them from anywhere in the U.S. by dialing 211.
- The State of Georgia provides a brief online listing of COVID-19 Hotlines and Helplines through the state’s website. Each listing explains what kinds of support the hotline can provide and hours of availability where appropriate.
Resources Specifically for Georgia Residents
In some cases, someone on your team may need very specific care for a mental health crisis or substance abuse. A national organization called Help.com offers an exhaustive database of national, state, and local resources for mental health and addiction services including links for Georgia-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation service centers. There are also numerous telephone and text hotlines for anyone experiencing a crisis as well as for loved ones, friends, or coworkers looking for guidance to assist someone who’s suffering. A visit to the Help.org guide to Drug Abuse Hotlines will tell you what to expect when you call and what kinds of help they may be able to provide.