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The TPA Pro Bono Project: COVID-19

 

 

Press Release: Texas Psychologists are Ramping up Pro Bono Services as COVID-19 drives increased demand for Mental Health Care, March 25, 2020.


 

Information for Individuals

The Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Pro Bono Project: COVID-19 supports the psychological well-being and mental health needs of individuals seeking help during the pandemic. You may receive up to two hours of free mental health services provided by TPA pro bono service providers. In an effort to flatten the curve and encourage social distancing, these services are to be provided exclusively via telephone or telehealth platforms. Please email probono@texaspsyc.org for more information.

 

The Pro Bono Project is not a crisis hotline. If you are in crisis, please call the HHSC COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919.


Information for Providers

By signing up with The TPA Pro Bono Project: COVID-19, you certify you are a registered member of TPA and in good standing with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Please email  probono@texaspsyc.org for more information.


In the News

 

Experts Stress Need for Local Resources During COVID-19

Lubbock Avalanche Journal

April 16, 2020

 

“Mental health is imperative right now with this situation so full of uncertainty,” said Dr. Cheryl Hall, a Lubbock psychologist and former president of the TPA. “Even people who have never had anxiety or depression before has been threatened and destabilized by this.”

Hall said that as people have to stay away from gatherings, they are getting more creative in ways to keep in touch such as driving by friends and family to give birthday wishes, using FaceTime more often and neighbors talking from each other’s lawns.

“I always try to emphasize that this is physical distancing, not social distancing,” Hall said. “We need to stay in touch with people we love and care about and to talk to people about how you’re feeling. It helps keep your mental health strong.”

Hall recommends that people who feel overwhelmed by the coronavirus must try to keep structure in life at home, get their information from reliable sources, keep social connections going and to still be getting enough sleep.

For workers facing the virus head-on, such as healthcare workers and grocery store employees, Hall said it would be best to keep reasonable personal expectations.

“Remind yourself that you have limits and can only do so much,” Hall said. “Hopefully people will be willing to pick up the phone and make that call.”

 

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Tips to Manage Mental Health During COVID-19

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List: Mental Health Resources During COVID-19

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Texas Coronavirus Updates: How is the state handling the outbreak

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March 25, 2020


Pro bono mental health initiative

As the fear and strain of coronavirus escalates along the growing case numbers, Texas Psychological Association is ramping up its "TPA Pro Bono Project: COVID-19."


The association and its members are adopting Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent order expanding access to telehealth and telemedicine and will provide up to two hours of free mental health services to under or uninsured Texans, the association said in a news release.


“COVID-19 is placing an enormous amount of emotional, social and psychological strain on people all across our state. Now, more than ever, access to mental health care is vital,” said Megan Mooney, PhD, President of the Texas Psychological Association. “Texas psychologists stand ready to help.”


Coronavirus Live Updates

Houston Chronicle

March 25, 2020


3:30 p.m.  The Texas Psychological Association announced their members are ramping up pro bono work to address mental healthcare needs for uninsured or underinsured residents.


As part of the TPA Pro Bono Project: COVID-19, members will offer up to two hours of free mental health services to under or uninsured Texans.


“COVID-19 is placing an enormous amount of emotional, social and psychological strain on people all across our state. Now, more than ever, access to mental health care is vital,” said Megan Mooney, PhD, President of the Texas Psychological Association. “Texas psychologists stand ready to help.”

 

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