Providing Telehealth Service to Veterans During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 24, 2020
The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.
During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Headstrong Project a grant to help expand telehealth services to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under this grant, Headstrong expanded telehealth services to ensure veterans’ mental health needs are met during quarantine. Headstrong hosted online peer support groups to facilitate comradery and combat isolation and anxiety. While traditional AA meetings were suspended, it assisted with maintaining sobriety through an online AA veteran support group. Additionally, Headstrong created virtual training sessions for veterans that built meditation and mindfulness skills and used yoga as an evidence-based practice of emotional regulation.