Boone County essential workers eligible for free mental health services

4 weeks 10 hours 44 minutes ago Monday, July 13 2020 Jul 13, 2020 Monday, July 13, 2020 4:00:00 AM CDT July 13, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
By: Marisa Rios, KOMU 8 Reporter

BOONE COUNTY - Essential workers in Boone County are now eligible for free mental health services through HeartSpace Clinic, funded through the Boone County Community Health & Medical Fund.

Boone County residents who are teachers, childcare providers, caseworkers, social workers, counselors, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who are in the healing field and dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to participate. 

“We are focusing on these populations in particular because of their unique position of being the helpers to our community, while also experiencing the stress of pandemic themselves,” says Dr. Chris Lawrence, Director of HeartSpace Clinic. “It is important for those in the helping fields to learn how to help themselves in order to prevent burnout and other complications.”

The director said there is enough fund money to provide services for 300 people until the end of 2020.

“When you think about it, they (essential workers) impact a lot of people. So, if their system is settled and if they are feeling fairly calmed and settled, that has an impact on all of the patients they work with as well. So, it's kind of an exponential benefit," Lawrence said.

All services are offered via telehealth or in a safe in-person environment.

Services offered through this funding include a warm line (573-355-2568) from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday; individual therapy sessions; and group services for providers of similar training. 

Businesses employing essential workers including schools, crisis centers, hospitals, mental health organizations, and medical offices are encouraged to reach out to HeartSpace Clinic to learn about group sessions for impacted workers.

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