Dear Community Volunteers,
Isolation, challenges with distance learning, and at-home stressors are pushing our youth and families to a breaking point.
Youth and family service providers are working long hours, experiencing their own crises, and doing their best to avoid compassion fatigue. Metro hospitals (who are now struggling with capacity issues due to COVID19) say there has been a sharp increase in mental health ER visits. Mobile Crisis Response teams (youth and adult) are overwhelmed. Schools report too many disengaged and failing students. And experts warn about a rise in “behind-closed-doors” abuse, sexual assault, neglect, domestic violence, and cyber exploitation.
I'm worried that the existing support net of community resources is insufficient to prevent a mental health crisis that is rapidly becoming unmanageable. My hope is that community volunteers may be able to help alleviate some of the strain on our crisis response, education, and hospital systems.
In the past, I've been amazed by community members who come together and move mountains that nobody else could move on their own. I truly believe that the only way to make it through this crisis is by working together. RCCMHC will act as a connector, trainer, and supporter. We welcome your wisdom, experience, and geneous spirits!
RCCMHC, Executive Director
Phone call "check-ins" with parents or youth to offer support and resource connections
Transportation/ care package delivery
Care package assembly
Texting Line responses (support and resource connections)
Support for our partner agencies (tutoring, youth work, phone/zoom family support...)
Some crisis intervention and resource coordination training is available. Most volunteer tasks can be done from your home (not in-person.)
It takes a village. Thank you from our "RCCMHC Family" of caregivers, youth, community volunteers and partner agencies.