ASSMCA establishes crisis management clinic
By Caribbean Business on October 3, 2017
With or without medical plan. That way anyone who understands that they require psychological assistance can arrive to the first of several crisis management clinics, established for emotional support.
There, an interdisciplinary team composed of psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, will attend to anyone who cannot reach their service provider, because of the emergency situation, or who does not have one, but given the circumstances feel the need to seek help,” said Suzanne Roig Fuertes, who is in charge of the Mental Health and Addiction Services Administration (ASSMCA).
“Anyone whose psychiatrist has not been able to open and requires a prescription for their medications, including addiction patients. It is a free service to help alleviate the emotional burden our people have, “added the official, who was supported by Dr. Michel Finnigan, Mental Health Disaster Director of Maryland, who” helped us at a time to establish some priorities “. It is also backed by the United States Agency for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA). “We want to make sure it’s an organized and structured process and that the help really gets where it has to go.”
As for the shelters, Roig Fuertes pointed out that the ASSMCA staff is finding support along with other behavioral professionals. In fact, on the island, there are already behavioral professionals of the state of Colorado who will join the several mental health groups to give psychological support. Emotional support needs at shelters are identified through mayors and agency heads. All help is welcome. Individuals who wish to volunteer with ASSMCA can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are interested can also go to the first floor of the Convention Center where the Citizen Assistance Office has a volunteer support desk. They must carry their identification of collegiate or document that identifies them as professionals of the mental health.
The situation in the streets
In the face of the anxiety that is observed in the streets, product of the despair of the people before the lack of communication and essential services, Roig Fuentes offered the following recommendations:
- “Within everything, we must return to the routine, as, for example, the time of rest. If we do not take care of ourselves, we do not work. Many times, intolerance and irritability arise from tiredness, frustration and impotence. If we rest, we will feel better. The loss is painful and hard to recognize, but we cannot think “why did this happen to me”, but “what am I going to do with what is happening to me.”
- “Reevaluate. While you are taking your break, think about our values and how they reflect our actions. It is difficult what we are going through as a society and, above all, those who have had losses, but we must begin to look at our reality, what we are going to do with it; thinking about what we could do differently does not help. You have to think in an organized way; how we are going to get ahead “.
- “Continue the sense of brotherhood. It is part of our culture and will help us recover. When we unite to cleanse our community, in addition to creating and / or strengthening ties, we keep our minds occupied and feel useful. “
- Ss for the children: try to re-establish the routine, what time we eat, what time we sleep; that gives them a sense of structure and organization. Find a space to, under the circumstances, review the materials with any book or newspaper that you find, create stories to maintain creativity and a sense of family unity.
- Remember the aged. With so much leisure time, surely, we will find the time to help another.
- Think positively. Criticism does not build, but thinking positive gives us energy to move forward. Every time have a negative thought, we must change it for two positive ones.
The new center is located in the facilities of ASSMCA, in front of the Veterans Hospital in the Medical Center. New ambulatory centers will be established soon in various parts of the island. The clinic has the support of the College of social work professionals, APS, the School of Psychiatry of the Medical Sciences Campus and other private and voluntary sectors.