IMPORTANT UPDATES & CHANGES

Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone who is struggling to get through this difficult time. Please know that the well-being and safety of our community and employees is our top priority.  Well-being through this pandemic is not just physical but also emotional.  We recognize that through this trial of uncertainty, people are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and stress.   We have adapted our operations to ensure that folks continue to be emotionally supported while keeping staff, and everyone, physically healthy.

1.  Starting March 18th our office will be closed to the public.

2.  All in-person meetings and events are suspended until further notice.   

3.  However, we have made the following modifications to programming to mitigate direct physical contact while continuing to provide support.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Recognizing that staying connected is more important than ever, we have decided rather than cancelling our support groups, we will be moving them to a conference call format. The peer facilitator will continue to lead the group.  All groups will continue to meet at their regular day and time.

For instructions on how to connect to a support group, please visit:

SUPPORT GROUPS CONFERENCE CALL INSTRUCTIONS
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SUICIDE PREVENTION MEETING

The March 26th meeting has been rescheduled to the regular May 28th meeting date at 12 to 1 pm.

Details are provided in this link.

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR COVID 19

Visit this page for access to more local Lancaster County resources, such as the Warm Line

Visit this resource page to learn about MHA National’s researched list of resources and support during the coronavirus epidemic.

VIDEO SERIES: COPING STRATEGIES FOR THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Access the Hallmarks for Self Care video series (5 brief videos each about 2 mins, 30 secs long) offering proven tips to help everyone cope with the stress related to this current pandemic crisis.  They are actually great tips for us all to remember when we are stressed even when we are not in the middle of a crisis.  Created by Michael Diller, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist and Director of Employee Assistance Program for Wellspan.  Also, learn how to access Wellspan’s behavioral healthcare services and programs during the Covid 19 epidemic (Wellspan’s locations, numbers, advice). 

MHA PRACTICING SELF CARE GUIDE

Visit our guide to self care and learn about spiritual resources during the coronavirus epidemic.

LANCASTER COUNTY RESOURCES DURING COVID 19

Visit the 211 resource page to learn about resources and support during the coronavirus from United Way 211.

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MHA STAFF AVAILABILITY

The MHA staff is also making adjustments to keep our community healthy and we plan to provide ongoing support during this challenging time.  Our Advocates will continue to provide support to individuals and families.  

Please call our office at 717-397-7461 between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday thru Friday, for assistance.  

FOR EMERGENCIES AND IMMEDIATE SUPPORT CALL:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE

717-394-2631 Or Dial 911
LANCASTER COUNTY CRISIS INTERVENTION
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COMPEER

We strongly encourage our one-to-one friendships to consider transitioning your visits virtually via phone call, Skype, Face Time, or other virtual platform and increase the number of times you connect. 

THE APRIL 4TH FRIENDSHIP LUNCHEON WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Contact Joe Mills at 717-397-7461 between 9 am and 4 pm or via email at jmills@compeerlancaster.org for details and questions.


“Because the national and local situation is constantly changing, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust how we deliver programming and services. We will continue to provide timely updates through email and Facebook pages, however should you want to speak with a staff member, call 717-397-7461 between 9 am and 4 pm Monday thru Friday.”

-Kim McDevitt