Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak
A Message from Peace River Center’s CEO
The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity to prepare for the health and safety of our communities. Across Peace River Center’s locations in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties, we have been hard at work to ensure continuity of care while adhering to our number one priority: protecting our clients, employees, and community. Through all of this, Peace River Center remains operational to ensure our clients and patients are getting the care they need. We are being responsive to emerging rules and requirements as well as following CDC guidelines.
First and foremost - We are here for you.
Coping with stress, fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 and its effects on your health, your job, and your loved ones can be overwhelming.
Our Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) is a free 24-hour community resource available to anyone experiencing emotional distress due to COVID-19. You can reach our free 24-hour Crisis Line by calling (863)519-3744 or (800) 627-5906.
In addition to higher levels of general anxiety and depression, these stressful times can cause a spike in domestic disputes and sexual assault. If you need help, our services are available by calling the Victim Services Crisis Lines: (863) 413-2700 (Polk) or (863) 386-1167 (Hardee/Highlands). Victim Services advocates are also set up with telehealth access to continue to provide interventions and safety planning.
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Crisis Line Expanded to Include Emotional Support
On this page, you will find a variety of mental health resources for you and your family. If there is a topic you want to know about, but don't see yet, please use the form to the right. We will work on adding more resources frequently. We know this unprecedented time requires extra effort to protect the physical and mental health of our kids, family, friends, and ourselves, but together we will get through this.
Is your child experiencing back-to-school anxiety?
There are unprecedented challenges families are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents must make difficult decisions on whether to enroll their children in virtual classes or send them back to campus.
How can parents reduce anxiety for children returning to campus?
Children who will be returning to school on campus will have unique challenges such as acclimating to changes in their physical surroundings, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing guidelines. Here are some ways parents can reduce anxiety for children returning to campus.
How can parents reduce anxiety for children starting virtual school?
Children who are beginning virtual school for the first time will have unique challenges such as adjusting to a new method of learning, having less structured days, and coping with decreased social interaction.
Live Radio Recording: Mental Health SUCCESS
Miranda Mills, Director of Club SUCCESS, one of Peace River Center's mental illness recovery programs, talks with Len and Chris at Talk 1430 about what Club SUCCESS offers individuals living with a mental illness, plus how they're remaining engaged with members during COVID-19.
Live Radio Recording: Helping Kids and Teens Cope
Tiffani Fritzsche, LMHC, CBHCMS, Children's Services Manager at Peace River Center talks with Len and Chris at Talk 1430 about helping children and teens cope during COVID-19.
Virtual Session 3: What is Mental Health Recovery?
Tamara Tyner, M.S., Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PSR) Program Manager and Miranda Mills, Director, Club Success shared what it means to be in mental health recovery, information about their programs (Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services and Club SUCCESS) as well as some success stories, and how individuals can access recovery services. They also covered how their programs have adapted services during COVID-19.
Live Radio Recording: Looking to Leave? Community Resources to Keep Survivors Safe
Unfortunately during the pandemic some domestic violence and sexual assault survivors faced additional challenges, stress, and trauma due to quarantine restrictions. On Thursday, May 14, Linda Parker, Ph.D. Director of Victim Services talked with Len and Christopher at Talk 1430 WLKF to share about the spike in crisis calls and the resources available (even during the pandemic) for survivors and their dependents shared. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or any type of abusive relationship, Peace River Center Victim Services can help.
Virtual Session 2: Depression & Anxiety in Children & Teens
Tiffani Fritzsche, LMHC, CBHCMS, Children’s Services Manager with Peace River Center shared our second Virtual Session during Mental Health Awareness Month, "Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teens." This presentation covered general symptoms, risk factors, and what you can do to help a child or teen experiencing depression and anxiety.
Lakeland Chamber Live Recording: When to Seek Professional Help
Lakeland Chamber Virtual Chat featuring Kirk D. Fasshauer, LCSW, FT, CTM, Director of Crisis Response Services on the topic of "When to seek professional health (mental health vs. mental illness)." Kirk also conducted a virtual chat on Crisis Services Available.
Live Radio Recording: Stressed Out? We’re Here to Help
Check out this radio segment from Thursday, April 24, as Kirk D. Fasshauer, LCSW, FT, CTM, Director of Crisis Response Services talks with Len and Christopher at Talk 1430 WLKF about the impact of the coronavirus on our mental health and resources available to the community. Stay tuned for more of these weekly radio segments covering a variety of mental health topics.
Virtual Session 1: Virtual Chat with Mental Health Professionals
To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month, Peace River Center led a moderated discussion about mental health, treatments, and services with some of our mental health professionals. Discussion led by:
- Kirk D. Fasshauer, LCSW, FT, CTM, Director of Crisis Response Services
- Donna Rininger, LMHC, MCAP, Director of Specialty Services
- Cassie Carver, LMHC, CCTP, Outpatient Therapy Coordinator
- Morgan Whitaker-Smith, LMHC, Community Action Team Therapist
For additional questions not answered in the recording, please email CommunityRelations@PeaceRiverCenter.org.
Live Recording: Reducing Anxiety in the Midst of COVID-19
Donna Rininger, LMHC, MCAP, Peace River Center's Director of Specialty Services shared insights on "Reducing Anxiety in the Midst of COVID-19" during a Zoom meeting. Attendees asked questions, but if you have additional questions for Donna or one of our other mental health experts, please email CommunityRelations@PeaceRiverCenter.org.
Substance Use Disorder Guidance During COVID-19
Be aware that some early symptoms of withdrawal and COVID-19 infection are similar. These include fever and muscle soreness. If symptoms include a persistent cough, it could be COVID-19 and you should call your local health department. Here are some tips and resources for individuals impacted by a substance use disorder.
Managing Anxiety in Kids
Here are a few quick ways you can help reassure your children and adolescents, as well as maintain your and their mental and emotional health during this unprecedented time.
Looking After Your Mental Health
Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health.