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 will expand telehealth services to ensure veterans’ mental health needs are met during quarantine. Headstrong will host online peer support groups to facilitate comradery and combat isolation and anxiety. While traditional AA meetings are suspended, it will also assist with maintaining sobriety through an online AA veteran support group. Additionally, Headstrong will create virtual training sessions for veterans that build meditation and mindfulness skills and use yoga as an evidence-based practice of emotional regulation.