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An update for our community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus):
At this time, our in-person support groups have resumed with COVID precautions in place, including social distancing and mandatory masking. However, our support does not stop here. In partnership with NAMI Alaska, we will continue to offer online mental health support groups. Support groups for adults who live with a mental health condition and support groups for family members and friends who support a loved one are offered at no-cost and easy to access from home. To learn more about our online support groups and view the current schedule, please go to our online support groups page.
NAMI offers these tips for people with mental health conditions:
For anyone who is unsure about attending therapy sessions outside the home, especially those who the CDC has described as being at higher risk, you can ask your health care provider about tele-therapy or mental health services online.
For anyone who is worried about access to prescribed medications, you can ask your health care provider about getting 90-day supplies vs. a 60 or 30-day supply. If this is not possible, we encourage you to refill your medications as soon as they are allowed.
Note: If healthcare providers deny/decline making accommodations, challenge the decisions at least three times. Decision-makers on making health plan adjustments may change if/as conditions worsen.
Listen to and follow your local public health care provider expectations.
Provide self-care, especially if in the higher risk population as defined by the CDC. Pay attention to emerging symptoms. Reach out to family and friends.
You can find current information and advice on COVID-19 at the Municipality's COVID-19 updates page, through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services email and text updates, and the CDC's COVID-19 page.