Montgomery County Hotline 301.738.2255

Statement on the American Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Like most in our community, we have followed the fall of Afghanistan this past weekend with shock and grief. We grieve for those Americans who have lost so much, for our allies in Afghanistan, and for those who face impending human rights atrocities. In the wake of so much tragic recent news, from the rise in deaths due to the Delta variant, to the loss of life in Haiti, to the recent deaths by suicide of our Capital Police Officers, our region is experiencing heightened anxiety and trauma.

Images in the news may remind some of how we left Vietnam while others may not remember a time before the tragic events of 9/11 and the presence of our forces in Afghanistan. Afghanistan was America’s longest armed conflict. Our military-connected community paid dearly: almost 2,500 American troops and just under 4,000 contractors made the ultimate sacrifice, with countless more suffering wounds both visible and invisible from their time in Afghanistan.

Like you, we at EveryMind have friends, family, and colleagues who served in Afghanistan or know someone whose life was irrevocably changed by their time there. For them, and for us, this is personal.

EveryMind’s 24-hour Hotline staff are ready to listen, text, and chat with you. EveryMind’s ServingTogether Peer Navigators are here to connect our military-connected community to vital resources and service provider partners. We understand that you, or your battle buddy, may need support to process this historical turn of events.

We are here to support you. We are committed to you.

Yours in support,

Ann Mazur, CEO

Reach out to us:
24/7 Hotline Call or Text: 301.738.2255 / 800.273.8255
EveryMind Hotline specialists are available by phone, text, and chat and operate your local National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
ServingTogether Veteran Peer Navigator: 855.738.7176
EveryMind’s ServingTogether team stands committed to coordinate care for our community’s active duty, veterans, and military-connected families. We are a part of the AmericaServes and Unite Us East networks.
The community can also look to EveryMind’s dedicated staff of mental health professionals for counseling services.

COVID-19 – Coping with Anxiety and Stress

As we navigate this unprecedented crisis, its imperative that we tend to our mental well-being.  Concerns for our health and the health of our loved ones, a stream of sometimes confusing and contradictory information, disruptions to routines, worry about the impact on personal finances and uncertainty about how and when life will return to some semblance of normal – these are just a few ways COVID-19 has impacted our mental health.

During this time of heightened anxiety, we know that you or a loved one may need someone to talk to.  Please know that our phone, text and chat call specialists are available 24/7 to listen and provide support.

This service is free and open to all members of our community. You do not have to be in crisis to connect with us. Reach out even if you are just looking for ways to support someone you are concerned about.

Call/Text: 301.738.2255

Chat: www.every-mind.org/chat/

Suicide Prevention Lifeline en Espanol –

Telefono: 1.888.628.9454

Chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol/

EveryMind staff have recorded a webinar with tips and tools to help manage stress and anxiety.

EveryMind board member and leadership coach, David Miller, shares tips and strategies for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

EveryMind’s Bilingual Youth and Family Therapist, Jose Delgado, shares important tips for our Spanish-speaking community on how to take care of yourself during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

El terapeuta bilingüe para jóvenes y familias de EveryMind, José Delgado, comparte consejos importantes para nuestra comunidad de habla hispana sobre cómo cuidarse durante la crisis del COVID-19.

EveryMind Call Specialist, Kirsten Robinette, provides some useful tips for what to look for when deciding whether its time to seek help for yourself or a loved one.

EveryMind’s Bilingual Youth and Family Therapist, Jose Delgado, offers our Spanish-speaking neighbors tips on ways to manage stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.

In addition, we’ve compiled a list of resources from trusted organizations to help navigate these difficult times. We will continue to add to this list as new resources and information becomes available.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Coping with Stress
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Fears
Children’s Mental Health Matters Campaign

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events – English
Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events – Spanish
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network/Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center/University of Maryland School of Medicine

Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Outreak
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
Mental Health First Aid/National Council for Behavioral Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
National Association of School Psychologists
American Psychological Association
Harvard Medical School

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Coping with Coronavirus:  Managing Stress, Fear and Anxiety
Joshua Gordon, Director – National Institute of Mental Health

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