Volunteer Opportunities to Support Colleagues
TPA joins forces with others during COVID-19
As a member of the Tennessee District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, you have a unique and truly historic opportunity to contribute to the mental health needs of Tennessee healthcare workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. A surge in mental health issues in front line staff – from physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists to cleaners and cooks in both inpatient and outpatient settings – is forecast in Tennessee.
The Mental Health Active Response Team (MHART, 501(c)3 pending) was created, as a collaborative effort of multidisciplinary mental health professionals, to address both the needs of front line healthcare workers and the desire of the mental health community to contribute to the welfare of this vulnerable population.
As a licensed psychiatrist, in practice or retired, you can participate in several ways.
You can volunteer for the COVID-19 Emotional Support Line for Healthcare Workers, which is being launched this month by MHART in partnership with the State of Tennessee. This phone line offers almost immediate attention to people overwhelmed by the pandemic. This is NOT psychiatric intervention, a suicide hotline or a substance abuse hotline. It is “emotional first aid” for those desperate to speak about what they are experiencing. They will be offered support and resources, including appropriate referrals.
You can also volunteer to offer a limited number of free or discounted appointments to healthcare workers through MHART’s referral database, now in development. These appointments can either be a one-time medication consultation or short-term psychotherapy. It is anticipated that following a med consult, a psychiatrist would discuss the case with the patient’s PCP or OBGYN to request they prescribe recommended meds (or prescribe at most three days until the PCP takes over), as well as share insights with any involved psychotherapist.
TPA members will offer to treat both front line physicians who want to speak with someone with similar hospital experience and psychotherapists working with COVID-19 impacted patients.
We hope many of you will elect to volunteer for shifts. To volunteer for either the Support Line and/or pro bono appointments, please visit the MHART website at https://www.mharttn.org/.
We will update you on needs and results as MHART begins to operate.
If you have already discovered or are participating in other volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19, please send an email to Jackie Cavnar at TPA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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