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Mental health resources move online

Talia Milavetz
Created: March 19, 2020 06:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- In these times of uncertainty, people may be extra stressed about finances, childcare, new routines, and illnesses.
 
That’s why several mental health services, like Healing Rhythms Music Therapy, are moving online, to make sure resources are still available for everyone who needs them.

"We got really creative like music therapists and business owners across the country to figure out what is HIPAA compliant and what is feasible to be offered,” said Founder and Executive Director Christina Wood.
 
She decided to offer paid services like virtual music lessons, stress management through music and wellness consultations. Plus, they’re giving back to the community with free Facebook Live meditations and kids singalongs. 
 
"We wanted to also just be of service and serve the greater community and be the good in the community and be a light during this time,” she said.
 
They’re not the only resources moving to telehealth. 

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This week Family Service Rochester made all of its therapists available online. 
 
"We were already moving towards telehealth and were in the process of getting that all setup weeks before the COVID-19 virus came to be where it is today,” said Director of Clinical Services Ashleigh Dowis.
 
Therapists are meeting with clients now over the online platform Zoom.
 
It’s given their school-based therapists the chance to connect with students from home. 
 
"That is definitely a priority of ours so we are offering telehealth, we are also offering phone counseling,” she said.
 
For now, some in-person services are still available. 
 
"When it is mutually beneficial and safe to still do face-to-face in-home or in the office here,” she said.
 
But they are adjusting as new information becomes available every day.
 
To learn more about the resources Family Service Rochester offers click here

For more information on Healing Rhythms Music Therapy and to view their free Facebook Lives click here.  


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