Spectrum Health’s NY Project Hope Launches New Program Series: Free Events Help People Cope with COVID

Spectrum Health and Human Services, a proud provider agency for NY Project Hope, developed a series of free and in-person and virtual events to help with COVID-19’s emotional impact. Programs begin on July 13.

Hope and Cope: Techniques for Making Life Easier is a series of sessions that are free and open to the public. Each session is led by a trained NY Project Hope crisis counselor in a relaxed and comfortable format. Adults 18+ are welcomed to participate.

Keep Calm, the only in-person session, is every Tuesday at 10 at the METTS Dance Studio, 3529 Seneca St., in West Seneca. This blend of slow yoga and mindfulness is meant to help people ease back into daily routines. Find “balance” with new movement coping skills to help with COVID related stress, re-entry anxiety and burnout. Participants are asked to bring a mat or borrow one at the studio.

Tea With Mr. P., Wednesday at 10am, is a conversation for seniors 55+ to discuss feelings related to COVID’s stress and impact, as comforting as a soothing cup of tea. Participants will support each other by sharing their stories. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83720135075?pwd=ZjZrdWlkL2tOVkNNRDlQMUZvbGlwUT09

Meeting ID: 837 2013 5075
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Pandemournium, Wednesday at 4pm, is a lively group conversation where participants can express the chaos of COVID in a safe and non-judgmental environment with others who share their feelings.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83829249284?pwd=dDdsa2Ztc25ZUEV1aHo2RU9pTlR1QT09

Meeting ID: 838 2924 9284
Passcode: xa9rEC+B

Take Care of Yourself Thursday (TCYT), Thursday at 5pm, is a time for self-care. Self-care – taking care of oneself without interruption, reduces burnout, stress, and anxiety while supporting recovery from major illness. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87491783909?pwd=eERRN2paUERYUTZoc3FZUjNmMTVjUT09

Meeting ID: 874 9178 3909
Passcode: Gu7YX?k1

Flow Into Your Friday, Friday at 9am, is a beginning yoga flow class that helps develop flexibility of mind and body, and is a great source for dealing with re-entry anxiety, moods, and burnout.   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87915359932?pwd=M3Q3V0lybnlFUzJ5ejlqTHJmb1BsZz09            Meeting ID: 879 1535 9932
Passcode: ZsbFrB0$

Hope and Cope groups are designed to be comforting and informal, with positive messages to inspire participants to heal from COVID’s impact,” said Spectrum Health’s Christine Ziemba. According to the FEMA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, each group “Involves providing and facilitating support or education to a group to help members cope with their situations and reactions.”

NY Project Hope was created to help New Yorkers understand their reactions and emotions related to COVID-19, and Spectrum Health and Human Services is one of the agencies selected to provide this service in Western New York.

NY Project Hope is program of the NYS Office of Mental Health and is funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

For more information, visit shswhy.org or call the Crisis Counseling Helpline at 716 566 6506.

Spectrum Health and Human Services is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) providing mental health, addiction, rehabilitation, care coordination, housing and crisis services in locations throughout Western New York. Spectrum Health promotes hope, empowerment and self-defined improvements to adults, children, and families as they recover from behavioral and/or addiction-related disorders. Visit www.shswny.org for more information.