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Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Lucas County   Northwest Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team

The Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team (NWOCISM), in partnership with the Mental Health Services and Recovery Board of Lucas County, want you to know that we are here for you in this difficult time.  It’s natural to feel the added emotional strain in relation to COVID-19  if you are an essential worker in healthcare, law enforcement, or a related setting.  Thank you for working to support not only our economy, but our safety and resources as well.  We appreciate  your dedication to everyone in the community and we want to do our part to help you.

Who are we?

The Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team (NWOCISM), in partnership with the Mental Health Services and Recovery Board of Lucas County, want you to know that we are here for you in this difficult time.  It’s natural to feel the added emotional strain in relation to COVID-19  if you are an essential worker in healthcare, law enforcement, or a related setting.  Thank you for working to support not only our economy, but our safety and resources as well.  We appreciate  your dedication to everyone in the community and we want to do our part to help you.

What can we provide?

Crisis intervention isn’t therapy.  Instead, it’s a confidential service that’s provided at no cost to you or your organization.  We’re a team of volunteers dedicated to providing acute, emergency mental health intervention.  It’s a type of emotional first aid to help you stay mentally healthy during a crisis.  We are here to provide peer support in combination with group and individual help, depending upon the need for your department or organization.  Our team is trained through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to be sure we provide the best care possible.

If you need us, please call 419-241-4357 and we will be there for you to address your specific needs related to the current crisis related to COVID-19 or any critical incident .  Each of you is going above and beyond, and does so on a daily basis, so we would like to return the favor and help the helpers.

If you just need to talk or are feeling anxious, you are encouraged to contact the MHSRB Emotional Support Line at 419-442-0580.  The support line is open daily from 11AM – 7PM.

If you or anyone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-HELP (8255) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for the option of live chat.  Mental health experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For general questions on the NWOCISM team, please e-mail Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach at lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu or Elijah Jones MSW, LISW-S, LICDC, CCTP at ejones@lcmhrsb.oh.gov.

 

Last Updated: 4/17/20