Mental health meetings available online

Wood County NAMI has moved to an all online platform for support groups during the month of March, due to
coronavirus concerns.
Stay up-to-date with information via the website, social media and emails, and feel free to call
419-352-0626 or email [email protected] with any questions.
Support groups are being offered via Go To Meeting, an online video chat service free of charge to users.
Email [email protected] to opt into this or visit the support group page for more information.
NAMI Wood County understands that the public health situation concerning COVID-19 may be causing anxiety
and worry among individuals. Some other reactions and feelings that may happen as this situation unfolds
can include difficulty concentrating and sleeping, anger, hyper-vigilance to your body and health,
social withdrawal, and feeling helplessness. While this health issue is being taken very seriously by
public health authorities, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. Below are some
simple and effective ways to manage fears and anxieties:
Keep things in perspective: Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or
listening to upsetting media coverage. Although, you’ll want to keep informed – especially if you have
loved ones in affected countries – remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the
things that are positive in your life and things you have control over
Be mindful of your assumptions about others: Someone who has a cough or fever does not necessarily have
coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.
Stay healthy: Adopting healthy hygienic habits such as washing hands with soap and water or an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your
face or a sick person. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when
coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick
and stay home while sick.
Keep connected: Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable
outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
Seek additional help: Individuals who feel an overwhelming worry or anxiety can seek additional
professional mental health support.
For more information on managing stress and mental health regarding this public health situation, please
visit NAMI or Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
We understand that there may be additionally stressors caused due to this public health crisis that may
lead people to thoughts of hurting or killing themselves. It is a very stressful and difficult time for
many individuals in our community, but NAMI Wood County wants you to know that you are not alone. For
immediate assistance, please call the Wood County Crisis Line 419-502-HOPE (4673) or text “NAMI” at the
Crisis Text Line by messaging 741-741. Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to any additional resources and
referrals including mental health treatment today, or any other resources you may need during this time.

"Remember, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You are not alone,"
said Jessica Schmitt-Hartman, executive director.