Covid-19 and Our Practice

   This is an unprecedented time. With the pandemic continuing,  your health and well-being are our top priority at Path to Hope Counseling.  We are committed to your continued care and plan to make every effort to help you to continue with your treatment. 

  UPDATE:  Chris McDonald will be offering part time in person sessions only starting May 18, 2021. Regina Gould and Meredith Van Rensburg will only be offering online counseling in Raleigh, NC but is accessible for anyone in the state of North Carolina.  We are offering video through our secure, HIPPA compliant platform which you can easily through a safe and secure link that we send all clients.  We will be re-evaluating when we will add some face to face sessions in the office in January 2021.  We will continue to monitor the percent of infection in the county and determine when it is best to offer face to face sessions again. You are welcome to visit our Video Counseling page by clicking here for more information

  The world can feel full of uncertainty as we all try to navigate this pandemic together. It can also bring up feelings of worry, anxiety and depression.  Please know we are here for you and want to provide the best treatment possible to help you build resilience and be able to cope through this challenging time.  We are in this together and hope we can be a beacon of hope and light through this dark time in our world. 

I recommend all of our clients to check out this online booklet on "Managing Anxiety and Fears during COVID-19."  

  

 

 

If you are a new client, you can click here for the patitent portal to schedule your first appointment

                    

 

 

RESOURCES FOR COVID 19:

North Carolina Coronavirus hotline:                                          
(888) 892-1162 – (or call 211)
TTY: (800) 735-0533

Text COVIDNC to 898-211 for updates (North Carolina).

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233
TTY: (800) 787-3224

Information from Official Sources
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
cdc.gov/coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)
who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

COVID Grants for Artists and Black Business Owners

I created two grants, one for artists (https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/artists/) and one for Black or minority business owners (https://www.annuityfreedom.net/financial-literacy/black-grants/).

 

Both are a combination marketing + micro grant. There is not currently a cap on the number of monthly marketing grantees. We're currently providing (1) $100 micro-grant each month per program.

-Jovan Johnson, Annuity Freedom.net

 COVID-19 and Your Finances

Impact on Young Adults

Young adults are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, with many having lost jobs, missed school, and been unable to meet friends and family during lockdowns. They will also carry the long-term economic burden of COVID-19 for years to come.

Follow link below for more information:

  • The financial impact of the pandemic: OECD data shows people aged 15-24 were most affected by unemployment at the start of the crisis.

  • Career and education figures: 73% of 14-to-18-year olds expressed concerns about the pandemic's impact on their future careers.

  • Mental wellbeing: survey data showed 18-24-year-olds experienced the highest proportion of negative feelings during lockdowns.

  • Tips and advice to help with the long-term challenges faced by young adults and other useful links.  

https://www.comparethemarket.com/money/content/impact-of-covid-on-young-people/

Remote Working & Mental Health: A Young Professional’s Guide

The guide offers a lot of great information, such as:

  • Why remote working has become the new normal due to lockdowns - An estimated 30% of the workforce could be home-based by the end of 2021.

  • How remote working can significantly affect physical and mental health.

  • Different ways you can alleviate stress when working from home, such as creating a comfortable work environment and taking regular breaks.

  • How employers can help to make working from home healthier and less stressful for their employees.

Click the link below to access the guide:

https://www.helloezra.com/remote-work-mental-health/

Many Americans whose income has declined due to the COVID-19 are feeling the brunt of higher bank fees. Bankrate recently conducted a survey that showed those hit hardest by the pandemic paid four times more in bank fees, with minorities and millennials among the groups paying more than the average

Here’s the link:
https://www.bankrate.com/banking/checking/best-checking-accounts/#covid-19-bank-fees

Managing your Finances during Coronavirus

https://lendedu.com/blog/managing-finances-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

A Guide to COVID 19 and your Finances, What You Need to Know
annuity.org/financial-literacy/covid-19-financial-guide/

LGBTQ+ Resources

Ways/tips to support and help LGBTQ-owned small businesses:
https://www.finimpact.com/support-lgbtq-owned-small-businesses/

Trans-Focused Resources
What Trans People Need to Know About Covid-19 (National Center for Transgender Equality)
transequality.org/covid19

Substance Abuse

Rehab 4 Addiction which serves as an online resource to people dealing with substance addiction. Here is some guidance for your mental health amid Coronavirus:  https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus

Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Mental Health Treatment

AddictionResource.net

Our mission is to break down the barriers and stigmas that surround substance abuse with free, accurate, and valuable information. 

This last year has been marked by high rates of unemployment, stress, economic insecurity and uncertainty. For people with mental health and substance use disorders, the consequences of the pandemic have been felt on an even deeper level. Please check out our resource guide here:

https://www.addictionresource.net/covid-19-and-substance-abuse/

Ark Behavioral Health

Covid-19 has impacted the lives of many in 2020. Unfortunately, that also includes the increase of those struggling with substance abuse and mental health by a staggering 40 percent according to the CDC. For that reason, we created a resource page that shares valuable information for those seeking help while battling addiction and co-occurring conditions.

On this page, you’ll find information on:

  • The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and substance use

  • List of mental health and addiction resources

  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about telehealth

  • Caring for a loved one who is struggling

Click here for more information:

https://www.arkbh.com/covid-19-resources/

Northeast Addictions Treatment Center 

Our mission at Northeast Addictions Treatment Center is simple: help as many individuals struggling with Substance Use Disorders achieve sobriety. Effective treatment starts with an individualized plan tailored to our client’s needs. Because no two people have the same history with substance abuse. Treatment Programs at Northeast include Day Treatment (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) and Outpatient Treatment (OP). Whether you are looking for a drug rehab for yourself or a loved one, now is the time to call us and speak to a Treatment Specialist about your options.

Click here for more information:

https://neaddictions.com/

Recovery Village

with locations across the country, dedicated to providing treatment to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

In order to continue to assist those in recovery and decrease the spread of COVID-19, our team has launched a Teletherapy Program. Those is need now have access to one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and various online services virtually with a licensed professional, improving their chances of a successful recovery.

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/treatment-program/online-counseling/telehealth-app/

Mental Health & Emotional Coping


‘FACE COVID’ (Dr. Russ Harris)

How to respond flexibly to the Corona crisis by Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap

‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Here’s a quick summary of the key steps

F = Focus on what’s in your control 
A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings 
C = Come back into your body 
E = Engage in what you’re doing 

C = Committed action 
O = Opening up
V = Values 
I = Identify resources 
D = Disinfect & distance

Online Coronavirus Support Group
Free meeting open to all, hosted by Sophia Caudle, PhD, LCMHC-S, CSAT-S, CST
Weekly at 3 pm (eastern) – intherooms.com

Resources for the OCD and related disorders community (International OCD Foundation)
ocdf.org/covid19

And encouragement to seek support from trusted people in your life. Reaching out to friends we’ve lost touch with. Strengthening social connection and community in the midst of physical distancing.

When we rely only on curated social media feeds, it can start to feel like everyone else is doing great and we’re the only one struggling. Or that other people’s experiences of staying home are perfect, while ours are messy. But the reality is, it’s messy for most of us. And whatever emotions we’re feeling—they’re valid. It’s okay to acknowledge that this is a tough time. And we can also hold onto hope, find moments of calm, and do what we can to support ourselves and each other.