An update as to Mohave Mental Health Clinic, Inc.’s current response to the COVID-19 public health emergency:
We continue to be committed to providing safe environments for our staff, clients, and community during this challenging time!
We continue to operate with Phase II Reopening Guidelines for our outpatient clinics in order to provide in-person service delivery, and our residential treatment facilities and inpatient crisis stabilization unit continue to serve individuals in care. Our call center (928-757-8111) is fully operational and automatically links into a crisis hotline after business hours. Individuals who wish to continue to receive their services through telehealth, rather than in-person at our outpatient clinics, may choose to do so during our Phase II Reopening. You’ll notice we’ve implemented strategies to promote effective physical distancing and prevent the spread of the Corona virus in our communities, including installing protective barriers at our reception counters, staggering arrival times, reducing lobby capacity, and requiring face coverings for staff and visitors.
If you are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, or would like to schedule or enroll in behavioral health services, please call (928-757-8111) and we will be happy to assist you. You may also come into any of our outpatient clinics anytime during business hours to initiate services.
We are staying informed as to the latest status of the pandemic, and have implemented stringent infection prevention strategies recommended by the US Center for Disease Control and the Arizona Department of Health Services, including promotion of safe hand washing practices and heightened disinfectant usage on shared surfaces. We are also supporting our valued staff and clients in staying home if they have symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, and continue to encourage physical distancing strategies to reduce the risk of potential contagion.
Please don’t hesitate to call MMHC if you or a loved one is needing support during this anxiety-provoking time in our community and country; we will be here to serve you during and after this public health crisis, and we will get through this together!
Dawn Abbott, Chief Executive Officer
Additional COVID-19 Resources
AHCCCS COVID19: https://azahcccs.gov/AHCCCS/AboutUs/covid19.html
AZDHS Site: https://azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home
The COVID-19 advice is to practice physical distancing, including keeping at least 6 feet between you and anyone else in a public space. While staying at home or keeping a safe distance between others is smart, the related isolation may be hard on mental health.
While much of what is happening may leave you feeling anxious or like you do not have control, there are steps you can take to feel empowered and mentally healthy. We are not helpless.
Make a list of what is in your control, and what isn’t. Focus on what you can control, like being diligent about hand washing, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and physical distancing.
Think about what makes you feel safe. How can you feel safe at home? Maybe it is reading on the couch under a weighted blanket, or holding a pet. Perhaps it is watching a funny movie or playing a game online. Take steps to do the tasks now that give you a sense of security.
Get fresh air. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you can’t take a long walk. There is a lot of research to show fresh air, sunshine and Vitamin D will help boost your mood. Physical health also helps mental health.
Try to only think about today. Worrying about tomorrow or the distant future can be daunting. Instead, focus on what is before you. Think of your senses. What is blooming outside in your neighborhood? Can you hear the birds singing from your kitchen? Are there clouds in the sky? Engage in mindfulness and meditation if you have moments when things feel out of control.
Connect with others. Call your family. Write old fashioned pen pal letters to friends. Join a chat group online. There are ways to connect without being in the same room. Talking with others who we trust about how we are feeling is important to our mental health. Talking with your behavioral health provider may be a good idea too. Here’s a list of resources, including a free virtual support group: https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources
If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
More resources here: http://www.sprc.org/news/resources-support-mental-health-coping-coronavirus-covid-19
Breach Notification Alert
Mohave Mental Health Clinic, Inc. recently discovered a breach of unsecured protected health information. While the breach was minimal, and efforts have been made to notify the specific individuals involved, we want to ensure individuals have ample opportunity to learn if their individual protected health information was affected. If you would like to confirm if your protected health information was involved in the breach, we invite you to contact Melissa Dixon, Client Records Supervisor and MMHC HIPAA Privacy Officer, at 1-888-757-8111.
“Our mission is to improve, enhance and promote the emotional well-being of Mohave County residents who experience life-disrupting problems, and to strengthen the quality of personal, family, and community life. Let us partner with you and your family to envision a new future! Come in or call one of our outpatient clinics to get started.”
If you’re experiencing a behavioral health crisis call: (888)757-8111 24/7 and you will be connected with a crisis counselor.