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Hartford Healthcare Partnership Newsletter

August 10, 2020

After the COVID-19 pandemic, a state shutdown, mass unemployment and disruption of school and family life comes Isaias, one of the most devastating tropical storms to hit Connecticut since Sandy in 2012. Enough is enough.

This sort of disaster over the last 24 hours has absolutely pushed some people to their limits," said Patricia Rehmer, president of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, at a press conference Aug. 5, a day after more than 715,000 Connecticut households lost power when Iasias swept through the state. "So we're really encouraging people to think about the coping skills that have worked in the past."

The message from behavioral health professionals is simple: Stick with what has worked for you in the past.

It's very important that people remain vigilant about what they're experiencing and what they're feeling," said Rehmer, "so that they can reach out for help if they do need it."

Hartford HealthCare continues to offer help to anyone who needs it through its Community Care Center Hotline, available 24 hours a day at 860.972.8100. You can talk to a clinician who can also refer you to behavioral health services throughout the state either in person or virtually.

Here are some common issues during COVID-19: ? Depression ? Anxiety ? Isolation ? Post-traumatic stress disorder ? Job loss ? Uncertainty about school.

A call to the hotline can also help answer questions about: ? Managing emotions ? Mental health support ? Substance use issues ? Medical issues and concerns about covid-19.

More than 135,000 people have called the hotline during the health crisis. "I think it's 48 percent of the people in the state of Connecticut are without power," said Jeff Flaks, Hartford HealthCare's President and CEO, "so please, if people are in need, and if we can help, call this number and we will do whatever we can.

Questions about the coronavirus? Need Emotional Support? Sometimes people need a bit of emotional support. You can get that assistance any time of day or night by calling 1.833.621.0600, Hartford HealthCare's Community Care Center hotline. Experts from our Behavioral Health Network are available to help with managing feelings and emotions, mental health concerns, substance use issues, and any medical issues and concerns about COVID-19. They may also help schedule follow up appointments, if needed. Coronavirus Health and Wellness Updates

COVID-19 Hotline - 860.972.8100 Or Text COVID19 to 31996 for daily updates

CONNECTIONS THAT MATTER a guide to a variety of free or reduced-cost services. To find out more, click here.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Take similar precautions as you would during the flu season. The best way to prevent the spread of this new virus is to wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, disinfect surfaces, cover your cough, avoid touching your face, stay home when you're sick and avoid being within six feet of others who might be sick.

 
 

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