News — Social Distancing

Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

Teletherapy is Here to Stay - How to Find Affordable Care

  As we reported last month, online mental health care is just as effective as in-person appointments with a mental health professional. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mental health field to recognize this fact, and now more and more therapists are offering online and app-based appointments. This trend is likely to remain stable in the long term, even after the pandemic ends. "I hope more people begin to view mental healthcare not as a last resort when you’re in crisis but as something that should be part of your regular routine.” - Jessica Gold, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry...

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Mental Health Concerns Among DC Area Residents as City Begins to Reopen (DCist.com)

Mental Health Concerns Among DC Area Residents as City Begins to Reopen (DCist.com)

  On May 29, 2020, Washington DC began the phased process of reopening after Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a shutdown that lasted two months due to the furious spread of COVID-19. The gradual lifting of restrictions came after city officials declared that the city had met four metrics: A 14-day decline in the spread of COVID-19 and the overall rate of transmission Enough hospital beds to handle a surge in cases The ability to test priority groups Increased capacity to conduct contact tracing of new infections While the “stay-at-home” order dissolved, allowing us to slowly regain some semblance of normalcy,...

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Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

Mental Health Concerns in LGBTQ People are Exacerbated by Social Distancing and Shelter-in-Place Orders

  We here at IFHP focus a lot of our energy on bringing mental health concerns to light, and most often our spotlight shines on veteran- and service member-related issues. However, too many people in the LGBTQ community suffer the same maladies without the same recognition. June is Pride Month, but due to the pandemic, all of the typical celebrations have been cancelled. This blow to recognition comes on top of months of social isolation and, in some cases, being stuck at home with family members who refuse to accept LGBTQ people or are even openly hostile toward them. It's...

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