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State Officials Acknowledge Mental Health Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic

White sign that reads 'Hang In There Neighbors' in red, on a green lawn.
Nina Keck
VPR File
Neighbors across the street from Rutland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, which was the site of a COVID-19 outbreak in November that led to the deaths of multiple residents.

From social isolation to food insecurity, the effects of COVID-19 can be wide-ranging and strenuous. So Vermont officials have a new message for residents: take care of your mental health and well-being, and reach out if you need help. This hour, in our weekly update, we talk about this and the latest COVID-19 news with Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell and Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan, and we answer your questions.
Our guests are:

  • Tracy Dolan, deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Health
  • Sarah Squirrell, commissioner for the Vermont Department of Mental Health

Vermonters have a broad range of free, 24/7 confidential mental health supports available to them:

  • Call Vermont 2-1-1
  • Visit COVIDSUPPORTVT.org and find it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
  • Crisis Text Line: Text the letters "VT" to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-3255; press 1 for the Veteran's Crisis Line. Counselors are available 24/7 to provide free and confidential support
  • Visit VTHELPLINK.org or call 1-800-565-LINK for substance use support
  • Call the Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Crisis Lifeline): 1-866-488-7368
  • Vermont Peer Support Line, open 24/7: 1-833-888-2557
  • Contact your primary care provider
  • Talk to a family member, friend, health care provider, a faith leader, teacher or coach
Crisis resources: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Vermont Suicide Prevention Center: Text VT to 741741 National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 at 1 p.m; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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