The following information is provided by Polk County government and the Peace River Center.
The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stressful for many people. Coping with stress, fear and anxiety about the disease and its effects on your health, your job, and your loved ones can be overwhelming.
Peace River Center, a community behavioral health provider, has partnered with Polk County’s Health & Human Services Division to expand emotional assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services are available through PRC’s already existing Crisis Response Team. This partnership allows PRC to offer trained behavioral health counselors who can assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the current health crisis.
You can reach the 24-Hour Crisis Response Team, now available for emotional support, by calling 863-519-3744 or toll-free 800-627-5906.
“PRC’s Crisis Response Team will help individuals experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the health crisis or for other reasons. We all know that medical problems and specifically the coronavirus, can cause substantial anxiety as we all worry about the health of their loved ones and ourselves. As part of our ongoing support of the communities we serve, our free Crisis Response Team is available to assist individuals, in Polk County and beyond, who are feeling overwhelmed to help cope with their worries,” said Bill Gardam, President/CEO, Peace River Center.
Trained staff are available free of charge to speak to anyone experiencing additional stress or anxiety due to the current health crisis. Staff will also be able to connect individuals with additional resources available through PRC’s wide array of services, or any other community-based services available, if needed.
“This free service will allow us to provide immediate emotional support to individuals feeling worried and uncertain about what’s happening right now. We know that there is a lot of anxiety and fear among our citizens and we want to provide support and connect them to immediate services if needed,” said Joy Johnson, Relations Administrator, Polk County, Health & Human Services Division.