UPDATED MAY 17, 2020
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID 19, state and local officials have issued a shelter in place order. As a result, many of us are experiencing fear about the future, confusion, and loneliness due to restricted contact with our peers, friends, and loved ones. Even though the Enterprise Recovery Center is closed at this time, we are still available to help.
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that mental health issues are a concern for about 50% of Americans as the COVID-15 health crisis continues. This is particularly true for families and those who have lost income because of the pandemic. For over twenty years, Community Action Marin’s Mental Health program has operated the “Warm Line,” a call in service where trained Peer Support Specialists are available by phone for anyone who feels the need to talk.
The Warm Line is not a counseling service. Instead, people listen, and if callers want feedback, the Peer Support Specialists may make suggestions. All staff are familiar with the services available in Marin County (mental health and other services) so can direct people to places where they can get additional help, whether it is a mental health service, a food bank or affordable child care.
WARM LINE EXTENDED HOURS: ENGLISH SUPPORT
During these stressful times, we recognize the importance of providing extra care, comfort, and support to those with mental health challenges. For this reason, we are extending our peer support Warmline to 9am until midnight, 7 days a week.
Community Action Marin Launches Spanish Language Mental Health Warm Line
On May 4, Community Action Marin launched a Warm Line for Spanish Speakers. Marin’s Latinx population have been disproportionately economically affected by the restrictions of Shelter in Place as many work in low wage, public-facing jobs that do not offer a “work from home” option. The Warm Line will begin with limited hours; 1PM – 6PM, 7 days a week provided by bilingual staff from Community Action Marin’s Family Partners program.