Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Musson Foundation, which has been working closely with RISE Life Management Services over the past five years, is continuing their collaboration with the launch of a COVID-19 mental health hotline.

The hotline is specifically designed to cater to the varying mental health needs of the public, during and after the very trying time with the expansion of the virus across Jamaica.

Any Jamaican who is experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or suicidal thoughts is being encouraged to call the hotline at 888-991-4146 and speak to one of the trained volunteers.

The hotline is geared towards the mental health needs of the elderly, and those who may be feeling lonely and isolated during self-isolation and quarantine at this time.

Essential workers on the frontlines, such as health care workers, grocery store workers, police and security forces, delivery personnel, garbage collectors, and utility workers are all encouraged to pay attention to their mental health and to call the hotline if they need support.

The Musson Foundation was incorporated in 2013 to promote and encourage the advancement of education among poor and inner-city children and more.

RISE Life Management Services is considered well-positioned to offer the service, as they have experience in providing a national telephone line that includes telephone counselling,ssessments and referrals. On a regular basis, they deal with a wide array of issues including substance abuse and gambling addiction.

RISE Life also runs an Employee Assistance Programme, where trained therapists provide support to employees going through personal issues that affect their workplace performance.

The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) has endorsed the COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline. The hotline is also geared towards the mental health needs of the elderly and those who may be feeling lonely and isolated during self-isolation and quarantine at this time.

Balford Henry

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