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Referring Providers

Resource Guide
for Covid19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all of our lives, causing people to feel grief, trauma, anxiety and other difficult emotions.

 

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, loss, and isolation associated with COVID-19 in North Carolina, mental health treatment is more important than ever before.

Our providers are here to help you, your family, friends and co-workers to manage anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. While we can’t control how others are handling their reactions during this time of isolation, we can manage our own response to the COVID-19 situation in the healthiest way possible. Below are some resources to help educate and encourage.

 

For updated information and guidance on the COVID-19 status, visit CDC.gov.

Quick Tips:

“Create a list of fun activities to turn to when you feel overwhelmed or restless.”

~ Michele Walker, LCMHC

“Be aware of the present moment. Take time to notice the smell of your shampoo in the shower or the scent of food cooking on the stove.”

~ Shantel Sullivan, Ed.D, LCSW, MSW

“Remember un día a la vez! Take it one day at a time.”

~ Kerry Mackey, PA-C

“Designate areas of your home for specific activities, such as work, relaxation, and entertainment.”

~ Christopher Riggan, MSN, PMHNP

“Dedicate a few minutes out of your day to reflect on happy moments in your life.”

~ Kristina Mullen, MPAS, PA-C

“Consider these stressors as an opportunity to apply and practice mindcare skills.”

~ Daja Mayner, LCSW

“Eating a good breakfast is key to increasing our energy and motivation for the day.”

~ Arti Patel, PA-C, MSPAS

General Public

Managing Anxiety During the Economic Reopening

By Cheryl Bennett, PhD

“Identification of triggers and communicating about them with loved ones can be helpful. ”
Read >

Reopening Your Business Safely: Considerations for Building a Return to Work Plan

Webinar hosted by CBC and WRAL with participant Scott Griffies, MD, DFAPA, Medical Director.

“Be mindful that we all have different ways of coping. Try to give them time to adjust to the new norm.” Listen >

The Stress of Separation and Social Isolation with COVID-19

By Scott Griffies, MD, DFAPA

“Studies have shown that isolation leads to impaired immune response and increases our chances of getting ill.” Read >

Caring for Your Mental Health During COVID-19

By Shantel Sullivan, Ed.D, LCSW, MSW

“I was just talking to one of my colleagues and he reminded me that there is a beginning, and a middle, and an end to all of this.” Watch >

Tools and Techniques Available to People Struggling with Mental Health During this Time.

Interview with Christopher Riggan, MSN, PMHNP

“You’re now around each other pretty much all day now. Sometimes that’s a good thing – sometimes that’s a bad thing.” Listen >

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Minority Communities

Addressing Mental Health Disparities

By Diego Garza, MD, MPH, Jim Smith, MD, Cherry Nhor, PA-C, and Louise Newton, MSW, LCSW, SEP

“Many factors surround disparate care for people, some examples include racial-ethnic, gender identity, age, community stigmas, and housing security.” Watch >

 

Mental Health in Asian-American Communities During COVID-19

By Arti Patel, PA-C, MSPAS, Akhila Takkallapalli, PA-C and Cherry Nhor, PA-C

“With the Asian-American community there are added stressors. Some people are viewing some Asian-Americans as “scapegoats” for the current situation.” Watch >

 

Video8-imageMental Health in Black Communities During COVID-19

By James A. Smith, III, MD, Kerry Mackey, PA-C, and Daja Mayner, LCSW

“The reality is, we are statistically more exposed to trauma and less likely to receive any treatment.”Watch >

 

Mental Health in Latinx Communities During COVID-19

By Diego Garza, MD, MPH, Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, CEO, and Karen Melendez, MD

“Latino community and other minorities are having to decide between being exposed to the virus or getting a paycheck.” Watch >

Family & Parenting

How Parents of Teenagers Can Care for their Family’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

By Christopher Riggan, MSN, PMHNP

“A lot of times when people try to return to a previous routine, they end up having difficulties because it’s not that same routine. Now you’re in a routine with a different experience.” Watch >

 

How Parental Mental Health Affects Children

By Maureen Gomeringer, MSW, LCSW

“Being an adult is a series of small successes that happen every day – one successfully met goal after another.” Read >

 

Maintaining Healthy Romantic Relationships During COVID-19

By Joelle Shipp, LCMHC

“With communication it’s always helpful to know what your wants and needs are.” Listen >

Substance Abuse and Addiction

COVID-19 Tips for People in Early Addiction Recovery

By Daniel Wittler

“Doing things alone means relying on your own mind to overcome addiction, the most powerful thing any of us will face in our lives.” Read >

 

Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

By Shantel Sullivan, Ed.D, LCSW, MSW

“H.A.L.T. is a self assessment tool that has been around for a long time. It’s an excellent way to do a daily check-in with ourselves.” Watch >

 

Q&A With Dr. Sullivan On Addiction Recovery

By Shantel Sullivan, Ed.D, LCSW, MSW

“There are some many emotions coming up. There’s so much that feels out of our control.” Watch >

Senior Living

How Seniors Can Care for their Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Yvonne Monroe, MD

“When we’re trying to bolster ourselves against an illness or stress, it’s important to sleep.” Watch >

Teachers

Maintaining Mental Health for Teachers During the COVID-19 Curriculum Adjustment

By Christopher Riggan, MSN, PMHNP

“As you go piece by piece and you see the progress that you’ve made, it motivates you to continue.” Watch >

College Students

How College Students Can Manage Anxiety & Depression During COVID-19

By Kerry Mackey, PA-C

“As you go piece by piece and you see the progress that you’ve made, it motivates you to continue.” Watch >

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Healthcare Professionals

Fully Present: A Helpfully Contagious Perspective for Healers Adjusting to COVID-19

By Kosta Petrogeorge, LMFT, CSAT, M.Div.

“There isn’t a lot that is within my control right now, but I can decide that for the duration of my session with a client there is no place I would rather be, or should be.” Read >

Online Mental Health Care—how it works + why it’s useful

By Kelly Crenshaw, NP-C & MindPath Staff

“People are concerned about not being able to use the technology. But online care, also called telehealth, is much easier to access than most people think.” Read >

Helping Hospital Workers and Emergency Responders during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Yvonne Monroe, MD

“There isn’t a lot that is within my control right now, but I can decide that for the duration of my session with a client there is no place I would rather be, or should be.” Read >

Additional Reference Materials

Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Study
Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country
The purpose of this study is to learn about how stressors related to the COVID-19 virus affect mental health over time. We hope to better understand the experiences of participants during this difficult time. Participation involves completing online questionnaires every two weeks, for 6 months. The questionnaires take about 20 minutes to complete. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time. Compensation is not provided.

Telehealth: The Devil Is In The Details
April 17, 2020 | Monica E. Oss

Coronavirus Conversations: Coronavirus & Mental Health – Coping Through the Pandemic
Hosted by: Duke Science & Society
Panelists: Clara S Kelly, MSW, Outreach Coordinator, NAMI-NYC & Louise Newton, MSW, LCSW, SEP, Director of Clinical Psychotherapy, Mind Path Care Centers

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.