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Two psychologists in New York joined us to discuss about what’s happening inside the nursing homes in the NYC-area, how Covid-19 is affecting the residents and the staff, the stress on the residents, staff, families, and psychologists, and what we need to know and what we can do.  Dr. Jeanne Devine, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist and Chief Clinical Officer and Dr. Arnetta McKenna, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Operations, who work for the PsychAssociates Group, clinical psychologists bringing psychology services to long-term communities in and around the NYC-Metropolitan Area, let us know the real story from on the ground and discussed ways to help those in distress, as well as ways to cope with the stress.  

PsychAssociates now has a mental health telemedicine line to call for anyone in New York State who needs some professional help in dealing with the stress of the pandemic, including healthcare workers, families of those in senior communities, and ANY ONE ELSE who is struggling.  The numbers to call are:  1-212-851-8101 or 1-212-851-8100.  Or e-mail:  Support@PsychAssociates.com.

There are also several mental health lines hotlines set up throughout the nation to help you to deal with the stress of Covid-19, including the Disaster Distress Helpline from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services:  1-800-985-5990.  This is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling.  You can also text:  TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 

Dr. Jeanne Devine

 

Dr. Arnetta McKenna

 

Dr. Mara with more on living with passion through the pandemic:  Getting back up when feeling down while in isolation.

 

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