The last year has been a difficult and tumultuous time for everyone. Stores and organizations closing their doors (and some of them permanently), toilet paper panic, social distancing, isolation and the list goes on…
Studies have shown that in the midst of all the frustration and upset that mental health services have risen in demand by 200%. An industry already paper thin, has been stretched further than ever before.
NAMI Hernando recognized the need for increased services almost immediately. As we were forced to close our office doors, we moved swiftly to a virtual platform in order to continue services without much of a lapse.
In this article posted by Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), our Executive Director, Tina Kinney, describes what that process was like and what additional services we added to our programs. We are proud of Tina and her team for all the effort they have put into keeping mental health challenges as the highest priority amidst the chaos of the last year.
As we look to the future, we are continuing to improve and grow our services. We are constantly looking for new ways to help our peers and family in a meaningful way. We have no plans to slow down or eliminate our virtual groups even as the threat of COVid-19 draws, albeit slowly, to an end.