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NAMI Frontline Wellness Launches on World Mental Health Day

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A In an effort to support frontline professionals with their immediate and future mental health needsa??today, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched NAMI Frontline Wellness: a COVID-19 mental health initiativeA in partnership with #FirstRespondersFirst.A 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, NAMI will contribute to the existing initiative through a community-centered approach that provides supportive resources tailored to the needs of frontline health care and public safety professionals. The initiative launches today during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) on World Mental Health Day.
NAMI Frontline Wellness Launches on World Mental Health Day
"#FirstRespondersFirst takes a whole-human approach to supporting frontline workers and their families. From day one, we recognized the urgency to address their mental health needs," said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global. "The heroes of this pandemic are the health care and public safety professionals who are risking their own health and enduring burnout and exhaustion among many other challenges on our behalf. We're proud to be partnering with NAMI to launch the Frontline Wellness initiative so we can continue to prioritize the mental health needs of our frontline workers."During this time, frontline professionals are facing countless new challenges in their roles serving the public. Many are reporting fear of contracting COVID-19, passing the virus to family and friends, loss of colleagues and loved ones, PPE shortages, financial pressures, and long hours. In the face of these extraordinary circumstances, many frontline professionals are afraid to seek help because of stigma, or perceived stigma, from employers, colleagues and loved ones. This can delay access to needed mental health supports and contribute to increased rates of anxiety, depression and suicide among frontline professionals.A  "The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profoundly negative impact on the mental health of our communities and is expected to worsen over time. People working on the frontlines a?? including health care and public safety professionals a?? are facing unprecedented levels of stress," said NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. "Frontline professionals need our support and care now more than ever and we're here for them so they don't feel alone in their struggle. The NAMI Frontline Wellness initiative aims to avoid a crisis now and in the future by providing free, tailored mental health resources."
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