Community Impact Blog: Volunteer Appreciation Month
By Trista Stout-Walker, Vice President of Community Impact
Access to Mental Health services continues as a present need for our community, especially over these past two years. UWSWA and 2-1-1 are collaborating with the Mobile County Health Department to pivot the Covid Wrap-Around Services to focus on mental health for those affected by Covid-19. I am proud that we are creating an additional venue for community members to access mental health resources.
We collaborated with local and national mental health providers to create a menu of services. The team worked to secure partnerships with many providers. An intake will refer the caller to the appropriate service and provider. For example, if you simply need a mood boost the program can secure a 90-day subscription to daily uplifting text messages. The Mental Health services go live on June 1st and are accessible by calling 2-1-1. A call specialist is ready to conduct the intake and connect you or your loved one to mental health resources here in southwest Alabama.
Covid-19 taught me that you should take the time to focus on mental health. It affects everyone. This program will provide a supplemental resource to our neighbors and hopefully eliminate the barrier of requesting more information or help.
If you or a love one needs metal health services, call United Way 2-1-1 (888.421.1266) or visit www.211connectsalabama.org. If it is a mental health emergency, contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800.273.8255.