COVID-19 and Mental Health Resources

OneCare is committed to providing timely resources to support Vermonters and our community of health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are carefully curated to include public health information, as well as mental health resources during this challenging and critical time of social and physical distancing.

We encourage visitors to share these resources with friends, families, and colleagues.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-8255
Vermont Suicide Prevention Center:
Text VT to 741741

In crisis? Get help now find multiple support lines here.

“There are hotlines, there are places you can call for assistance. This is a difficult time for everyone … please reach out for help if you need it.”
Michael Schirling, Public Safety Commissioner

Zero Suicide

From Vermont Suicide Prevention Center: The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. It presents both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge. Vermont, in its efforts to remain at the forefront of evidence-based practice, is taking on this challenge. The Vermont Department of Mental Health has chosen Zero Suicide as the framework for current state efforts in health care systems. As Vermont aligns its efforts with the National Strategy, the results and successes of this growing national initiative in communities around the country present an opportunity to have an immediate impact on the number of deaths by suicide. Learn more about the Zero Suicide initiative.

Coping with stress caused by COVID-19

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. This page features a comprehensive compilation of recognizing stress, coping with it, and stress management strategies for different groups of people (for example: older people, children, teenagers, first responders, individuals in quarantine, and more.) Find ways you and your family can reduce stress.

Preventing and Addressing Burnout During COVID-19: The Vermont Agency of Human Services has provided a guide to help Vermonters prevent and address burnout during COVID-19. Although no one knows the duration of this crisis, caring for clients during COVID-19 will be a marathon, not a sprint. Rigorous self-care is essential to the work. We must take the time to recharge for ourselves and come together as teams to take care of our colleagues.
 

Mental health, substance use disorder, and developmental services needs

From Vermont Care Partners: Vermont’s designated and specialized service agencies are still here to help with mental health, substance use disorder and developmental services needs via video and phone. Our virtual doors are open. Clinical assessment, individual therapy, and 24/7 mental health crisis response – among other services – are all just a phone call away and are generally covered by your insurance, Medicaid or other public funding. Find your local agency. Intake phone numbers and crisis lines are one click away here.

Mental Health Resources for Children

The Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has rounded up helpful information for families. Resources include community resources, educational services, financial resources, mental health resources, how to talk to your children, and other resources for families.

Mental Health Coping Strategies

Video Series: 5 Strategies to Help With COVID-19 Changes, Stress and Worry
In this video series, University of Vermont Medical Center addresses the growing anxiety and stress we all face during uncertain times. Experts at UVM Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Robert Althoff, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, and Aron Steward, PhD, Chief of Psychology, provide helpful coping strategies and important perspective for us all to consider as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feeling Down? Anxious? Try this 3-Minute Activity During COVID-19
You may have already heard of mindfulness, including techniques like meditation. Mindfulness has been proposed as a treatment for anxiety, depression, and generally getting the most enjoyment out of life. Read up on the technique here.

Coping with Stress and Isolation, via UVM Medical Center blog
As humans, we crave connection and social interaction. It is important for us to stay socially active and connected while we experience and practice physical distancing. Remaining connected to our community and to ourselves is one way we can keep our immunity in a healthy, balanced state. In fact, research supports that our social connectedness, our quiet alone time and affirmative thinking actually improves our immune system response. Read the strategies for coping here.

Mask Wearing Resources for Vermonters

OneCare’s health prevention program, RiseVT, offers timely and informative resources to support mask wearing. Read more about why health officials and our Governor are asking us all to wear masks while out in public. RiseVT also wrote this post about how to make a mask.

Watch this 30-second mask wearing Public Service Announcement from VT Dept of Health and Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Looking to buy or purchase a mask? Read Face Covering Guidance and Where to Buy from VT Emergency Management and Face Mask How-tos and Make Your Own  from VT Dept of Health

Learn about Face Coverings for Children from VT Dept of Health in Arabic Burmese Chinese English French Karen Kirundi Lingala Nepali | Somali Spanish Swahili Vietnamese

I’ll Protect You, You Protect Me infographic from VT Dept of Health in Arabic Burmese Chinese English French Kirundi Nepali Somali Spanish Swahili Vietnamese

For organizations opening their doors, use this Reopening Signage including mask-wearing and limited capacity signs from VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

#MasksOnVT Campaign from VT Dept of Health:

Mask Myths: Does a Mask Limit My Oxygen Intake? from the UVM Health Network.

Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE

Disaster Distress Helpline:
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Vermont 2-1-1 Database:
For those in need of assistance to meet essential needs, please call 2-1-1 for the most up-to-date resources. 

COVID-19 Resources

Vermont Department of Health (VDH)
VDH’s COVID-19 page includes a data dashboard with up-to-date statistics for testing, monitoring, related deaths and a county-by-county map of cases. The tool breaks down the number of coronavirus cases by age, sex and per capita. It also shows the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 and those hospitalized but under investigation for COVID-19. This page also  guidelines, useful information, and resources.

Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA)
The DVHA COVID-19 page has up-to-date information including resources for provider assistance (to include Medicaid Retainer information), telehealth, telemedicine and telephonic coverage, and clinical/pharmacy information. This page also includes the COVID-19-specific Medicaid Retainer application. Questions and/or application submissions:  AHS.COVID19Financial@vermont.gov.

Communications Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients
This visual aid tool (PDF download) will be useful for both Deaf and hard of hearing individuals who need to communicate with their doctor or health care provider. Find instructions for usage here. Print it out or save it to your phone and bring it with you to your appointment. Health care providers should also keep the visual aid tool on hand to help them communicate with Deaf or hard of hearing patients. Providers may also find it helpful to keep this communications access plan (CAP) on hand to prepare for appropriate accommodations for an appointment with a Deaf or hard of hearing patient.

YouTube Videos about Coronavirus and Related Topics in Multiple Languages
The Vermont Multilingual Coronavirus Communication Task Force has posted coronavirus resources on YouTube for Vermonters in multiple languages. These languages include: Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Maay Maay, Nepali, Spanish, Somali, Swahili, and Vietnamese.

The task force has been creating these videos to help families understand new orders, rules, and regulations during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources for New Americans in Vermont
This website includes links to COVID-19 resources in over 30 languages, American Sign Language and International Sign, and for people with different abilities.

Vermont Family Network:
COVID-19 Resources for Families
This website includes some information for families, particularly those with special needs.

Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS):
The NKHS Parent Support Line is available to help parents (and guardians) living in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont. Call 749-1111 (no 802 needed if calling in Vermont. Leave a brief message in the support line’s voice mail and a NKHS Children’s clinician will call back within 15 minutes. The support line operates Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, contact Noreen Shapiro-Berry, (802) 673-9315 or nshapiro-berry@nkhs.net

Vermont Medical Society (VMS)
The VMS has pulled together a comprehensive list of resources of interest for health care providers.

VT Department of Labor Virtual Town Halls
The Vermont Department of Labor is hosting virtual town hall presentations to support businesses. Watch recordings of past presentations, or visit their calendar to find upcoming events.

Vermont Chamber of Commerce
Economic and business resources

University of Vermont Medical Center
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 from the UVM Health Network

Vermont Foodbank
This page is dedicated to COVID-19 updates as they relate to the Vermont Foodbank.

Updates from OneCare and Partners

COVID-19 Blog

OneCare is working diligently to support the provider community and Vermonters during the COVID-19 pandemic. See our COVID-19 blog category (below) to learn more.

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“We’ve Got You” – RiseVT‘s COVID-19 Resources Roundups

Right now more than ever it is important to ensure you are practicing both good mental and physical health. In carefully curated daily roundups, RiseVT offers suggestions for mindfulness and meditation to help calm the mind, ideas for nutrition, tips and suggestions to keep moving, and more. You can sign up to receive free daily articles filled with resources during this stressful time.

Public Service Announcements

We’re all in this together. Some steps to stay safe and take care of others too – please watch and share these important messages from Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the Vermont Department of Health.