Now more than ever, Washburn Center is centered on caring for the mental health of children and families in our community. With the measures now in place due to COVid-19, families are isolated and facing intensified stress and anxiety.
We approach each day and decision with intention; knowing the days ahead will push us to find new ways to work, learn and heal. This week, our team moved rapidly to ensure we would continue to support the health and well-being of our staff and the children and families who they serve.
We transitioned therapists and case managers to phone-based and teletherapy for all services. Our therapists have been reaching out to families with more information on how we will support their needs as we launch this new telehealth platform.
Our leadership is partnering with other community-based mental health providers to advocate our state legislators and health care companies to make important changes and accommodate families during this unprecedented and unexpected shift in mental health care.
For our families, we understand the stress this pandemic is causing for you and your family. We are focused on the mental health of your children and family. We are here and ready to help as you cope with changes in jobs, schools, supplies and all you are facing. Please call your therapist directly to connect for your child’s mental health or call: 612.871.1454.
To our dedicated supporters and funders, thank you. Your generosity and commitment helps us sustain lifelines of mental health support to caregivers and children in these early days of crisis. Families, and importantly children, are counting on us more than ever to respond to their needs and serve them continuously in these uncertain days and months to come.
And, to our community, we know that the disruption of training, events and gatherings has separated us physically. We are eager for the days when we gather again in community spaces, even stronger. Meanwhile, we will look out for each other and help one another — especially, our children.
We are continually monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for further updates and recommendations. We will communicate any additional changes here as well as on social media channels.
While these times challenge all of us, we are witnessing the power of our community and how we come together to support our children, who need us to be mindful of their mental health needs now more than ever.