BY: EVITA MORIN, CEO OF RISE RECOVERY
When we choose to no longer hide whatever it is that we struggle with, there is tremendous relief. We can be supported. We can get help. We learn that we are no longer alone. And we aren’t. We are in this together. Life is hard. Sometimes it is unbearable. But with openness and love together we can move from darkness and suffering to light, hope, and healing.-David Sheff
The medical community is enlisting resources from every health professional in every corner of the nation to support the COVID-19 physical health crisis. Our focus on addressing the immediate physical health of those exposed to COVID-19 is critical and necessary.
As a behavioral health care leader, my colleagues and I have deep concern for the assured second wave of health-related issues caused by COVID-19: the forecasted mental health and substance use crisis to follow. The social service nonprofits, especially those providing mental and behavioral health support, will be responsible for “cleaning up the aftermath” from the devastation of this economic and health crisis.