Alaskans helping Alaskans this Mental Health Awareness Month
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month
Anchorage/Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services is giving Alaskans of all ages across the state the tools they need to get through this uncertain time from the comfort of their homes. These tools include free webinars and updated services like its newly launched telehealth sessions. Stress and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 continue to grow for everyone from front-line heroes to children, making mental health awareness more relevant and important than ever.
A recent study by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services showed that 60% of Alaska parents reported they had difficulty finding mental health care. Anchorage/Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services has launched several new telehealth group services for those who are struggling with anxiety and stress brought on by COVID-19 and changes to normal routines.
These services are provided via an encrypted, HIPPA compliant version of Zoom video conferencing. The following sessions are being provided:
- Connections Peer Support Group for Parents (Tuesdays, 3–4 p.m.)
- Anxiety & Depression Group for Adults (Wednesdays, noon–1 p.m.)
- COVID-19 Stress Management Group for Parents (Wednesdays, 3–4 p.m.)
- Anxiety Group for Adults (Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.)
- Distress Tolerance Group for Adults (Thursdays, 11 a.m. – noon)
Anchorage/Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services also hosts free webinars with licensed professionals who offer resources that apply to social distancing, fight the stigma around seeking help, and clear up misinformation generated across the web. Webinars this month include:
- Coping Skills for Young Children (May 7, 1–2 p.m.)
- I Got 99 Problems and Adverse Childhood Experience are Most of Them (May 14, 1–2 p.m.)
For more information, please visit acmhs.com.
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