Help 10,000 people this year by supporting basic mental health services.
Every May since 1949, The United States has observed Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. In times like these, mental health care is more important than ever. In the midst of an ongoing epidemic of depression and anxiety, in an already over-stressed world, many are now having difficulty coping with the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to their everyday stresses and pressures, people are worried about the economy, their jobs, their ability to afford the basics, and in some cases even their ability to safely access quality health and mental health care. We foresee a large upswing in the need for treatment because of this pressure.
To alleviate the danger of disease transmission, we have converted our outpatient services to telehealth under new emergency state and federal rules. This allows people to get help over a telephone or video connection, without worrying about crowded waiting rooms, people coughing on the bus, or seeking safe child care for their children during their appointments. This means that we have fewer barriers than ever to effective treatment, but it has also led to an increase in costs for the short term as we invest in needed infrastructure.
We need to raise $10,000 by Memorial Day to help defray some of the costs of our conversion to telehealth. Please join us during Mental Health Awareness month by donating to Portage Path today.