Southwest Florida teachers, school employees and their families are eligible to receive free mental health support from Healthcare Network

Southwest Florida teachers, school employees and their families are eligible to receive free mental health support from Healthcare Network

NAPLES, Fla. (August 10. 2020) – Healthcare Network is offering free mental health support to teachersschool employees and their families who may be anxious about upcoming plans to open schools during COVID-19. 

Through an emergency grant of $50,000 from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health CentersHealthcare Network will use the funds to provide up to three free visits with mental health providers. The free services are available to essential frontline workers and their families including but not limited to teachers, school employees, healthcare workersprotective service and first responders, grocery store workers, agricultural workers, janitors and maintenance workers, and restaurant workers in Southwest Florida. 

“With ongoing debate about the risks associated to educators by reopening, teachers and school employees may be stressed and anxious about working in changed environments,” said Dr. Emily Ptaszek, president and CEO of Healthcare Network. “They and other essential workers and their families may need help to maintain mental wellness while working on the frontline during these challenging times.” 

The grant will support up to a total of 500 visits before Nov. 14, 2020.  

Frontline workers who are interested in making appointments with mental healthcare professionals at Healthcare Network should call 2396583185. Appointments are available via telehealth or at Healthcare Network location. Learn more at HealthcareSWFL.org/Direct-Relief. 

Aug 10, 2020 | COVID-19, Direct Relief