NAMI GLAC to Pilot New Frontline Wellness Program
What is NAMI Frontline Wellness?
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. But for those in jobs that are already demanding and stressful – like public safety and health care professionals – the toll can be even heavier. To help meet the needs of our frontline professionals, the NAMI Frontline Wellness initiative was developed in partnership with #FirstRespondersFirst, and with support from Starbucks, KIND Snacks, Frontline Impact Project, Johnson & Johnson Foundation, Thrive Global, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, and the CAA Foundation.
Launching on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2020, NAMI is making information and virtual resources available at no cost through our portal www.nami.org/frontlinewellness. These resources include:
- Information to help identify the signs of a potential mental health emergency
- Confidential and professional support
- Peer support resources
- Resilience and wellness tools
- Support for family members
NAMI is widely promoting this launch with NAMI Greater Los Angeles County and NAMI New York City Metro to spread awareness and support to frontline professionals with mental health needs. Our partners selected these markets, who, along with these Affiliates and other volunteers, will deliver care packages that include information on how to access support, engage on social media, as well as wellness products donated by contributing partners.
What are the future plans for NAMI Frontline Wellness initiative?
Frontline professionals in health care and public safety are exposed to trauma and face dangerous situations routinely; these careers are difficult and can have a significant impact on mental health. Suicide rates among both populations are disturbingly high. They need our support, and the COVID-19 pandemic has called NAMI to action. NAMI plans to make frontline wellness a permanent feature by expanding the initiative and adding new resources and tools for frontline professionals.
Peer support is invaluable, and it’s what NAMI does best, so we will explore ways to make this available to them. With input and resource sharing from the launch sites and other NAMI Affiliates, NAMI is poised to make a difference in the lives of those we rely on for care and assistance and safety.
We’ll also continue to seek stories from frontline health care and public safety professionals as they share the ways they manage stress, build resilience, and improve their mental wellness. NAMI members across the country can attest that sharing your story is a powerful way to reduce stigma and encourage others to seek support.
As the project expands, we anticipate additional grants being made available to Affiliates and State Organizations to help address the needs of frontline professionals in their own communities. More information on this will be made available soon.
This initiative will help Affiliates and State Organizations connect with frontline professionals in their communities, thereby enabling them to expand their partner networks and helping to end the stigma that prevent them from seeking mental health support when they need it. They take care of us, so let’s do what we can to help take care of them.
If you have questions, or would like to share information on resources that are available in your area, please email [email protected]