A Virtual May is Mental Health Month
|CCA's Family Care Community Partnership team, carry on in the new virtual meeting place.
Woonsocket - COVID-19 has changed how Rhode Island organizations will honor May is Mental Health Month amidst a public health crisis/pandemic that has rendered their services to be needed now more than ever.
In a normal year, Community Care Alliance (CCA) and other mental health providers across the state, would be celebrating at the State House and hosting hundreds of local events to remind Rhode Islanders about the importance of mental health well-being and recovery. COVID-19 changed all that, and propelled behavioral health organizations to the frontlines as Rhode Islanders, and all Americans, struggle with the emotional toll of the pandemic.
CCA has joined with the Mental Health Association of RI (MHARI) and other agencies to develop a virtual strategy to provide daily resources and supports throughout the month, including social media postings and online activities and events. A full list of online activities can be found on www.mhari.org.
In northern RI, CCA is offering Virtual Recovery Support meetings every Wednesday from noon to 1PM. Meetings are facilitated by Gary Zeman, Peer Recovery Specialist at The Serenity Center in Woonsocket, a program of CCA. Meetings are open to all at any stage of recovery from drugs, alcohol, or other mental health issues by calling 401-654-3706.
Additionally, CCA is promoting Call Me Positive, a podcast initiative that supports the organizations Family Support Center. Promoted as a social media call to action to share personal positive moments by calling 401-400-0954, the messages are meant to uplift and shift focus from the negative. Learn more about the project at callmepositive.com.
“We are mindful of the risks of isolation and its negative health consequences for many of the people we serve, and have a great concern for people in distress. The result is an added determination by staff and the community to reach out, extend help and continue human contact in creative ways. Seeing the positive in all of this is an important aspect of promoting mental health.” said Benedict Lessing, President/CEO at Community Care Alliance.
Community Care Alliance also encourages Rhode Islanders to call their intake line at 401-235-7121 or turn to BH Link for behavioral health crises during this time. BH Link is run Community Care Alliance, a member of Horizon Healthcare Partners and is the state’s 24/7 facility for Rhode Islanders experiencing behavioral health crises, including substance use disorder, and for the families and friends of those individuals struggling to find help. In addition to the emergency triage center located at 975 Waterman Avenue in East Providence, BH Link runs a 24/7 hotline/helpline at 401-414-LINK (5465).