KHOPE is back to help individuals get through the difficulties related to COVID-19
With going out being limited for both health and legal reasons at this time, connecting with individuals can be extremely difficult. In relation to this, the following are offered:
If available, telehealth provides the opportunity for one to interact with a healthcare provider (such as a counselor, psychiatrist, or physician) from a service location or home. This option may be covered by one's insurance; to learn more, please contact your insurance company, as well as your medical specialist, to see what options exist.
Telehealth: Technology meets health care (Mayo Clinic)
What are Telehealth and Telepsychology? (American Psychological Association)
Medicare-related links (please note: Medicare has made changes to its telehealth coverage in response to COVID-19.
Coding and Reimbursement (American Psychiatric Association)- Medicare billing codes for psychiatric services
Telehealth Services (American Psychological Assocation) - Medicare billing codes for counseling services
If you need support but are unable to connect with a service provider at this time, Support Services are listed above in the "Now - Relax!" section.
Prescriptions can be obtained by mail, depending on factors such as one's insurance provider or pharmacy; below are a few which allow one to have their medicine delivered or mailed straight to their home! For additional information, both for individuals and service providers, please read below, or contact your insurance company or pharmacy.
And please - share the link to this page! The more people who use these services, the less their chances of becoming ill, or passing the coronavirus to others, which can save lives, community medical resources, and finances - especially important for those on limited budgets and/or who cannot afford to miss work!
2) Arcadia Pharmacy (for those currently enrolled in delivery services only)
3) CVS Pharmacy
6) Kalamazoo Long Term Care Pharmacy - offers prescription delivery services to FACILITIES that provide ongoing care for individuals; for more information, please contact Beth at (269)-388-4850, x224
Being at home for an extended period of time, in particular during a high stress event, can take a significant toll; the following are offered to provide access to various FREE options to help one cope.
A sense of helplessness can greatly increase one's stress; it is hoped that these options will provide a way for one keep busy, regain a sense of control, provide support to others, and save lives!
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related materials are desperately needed by health care workers at this time, including masks, gloves, and cleaning materials; please see the following for specifics.
Of note: scented cleaners may cause an allergic reaction with some individuals - please ask the organization you wish to donate to if they accept such items.
Being involved in the local Kalamazoo County area can provide a life-change service at this time. Some of it can be done on one's own from home, while others can be integrated into a weekly shopping tripping, or worked on online with others.
Being there (figuratively, if not literally) - with most people staying at home, things can get lonely; a great thing one can do for virtually nothing is to call, text, email, or otherwise contact individuals one knows, and just touch base with them for a little bit. A quick hi, asking about their day, sharing a funny meme, or going up against them in online gaming can provide a type of soothing comfort, recognition, and touch with humanity that can't be purchased.
Convenient donation shopping - while one is out on a run for supplies, perhaps something might be spotted that isn't needed, but could be invaluable to a local medical service (please see above), or could be provided to a distribution organization that is helping people stay supplied at this time. Some extra paper towels, food, or other items can make an amazing difference, especially for those who have difficulty getting around in general and/or have resource limits.
Expressing appreciation - people who are at work right now are in a notable position to be exposed to COVID-19; thanking them, whether it is in person, or simply by calling up a service you like (a local grocery store, a government office, or transportation service, for instance), and simply thanking them for their working is quite a lot, and lets individuals know that they are being thought of, and providing a reminder of how important they are.
Kalamazoo Hope originally started in 2012, and was a full website until 2020; one of the main reasons for this was because its creator, Scott Anderson, was no longer able to spare funds from his disability stipend to cover it. It was specifically designed to be a completely online psychological service for connecting individuals with resources needed to improve their mental health, grow as individuals, and help others better understand, support, and connect with those they care about.
Screenshots of KHOPE's previous website can be found on its Facebook page menu. Currently, all that can be afforded is a single (free) page; this limits how easily material can be presented, and also prevents certain features from being used..
Right now, you can help bring the full website back - not just with the current information present, but
- more support for the psychological duress that is going on (regardless of whether one has a diagnosis)
-information to help individuals begin to understand and improve their psychological health
-aid connecting with numerous local, state, and federal resources
Kalamazoo Hope's goal is to raise a minimum of $80 for its website builder; this will be enough to keep the full site up for a year. Ideally, $120 can be given; this will not only allow for the website to be brought back, but add Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which helps make the website easier to find in search engines, and is definitely worth it!
To donate via PayPal using credit or debit card, please click below:
Please visit this link to learn how to stay healthy, keep others safe, minimize the impact of COVID-19, and more.
Many sources are mentioning to wash one's hands for 20; there is a specific reason why. To learn more; please view the accompanying YouTube video.
(MD Anderson Center is not associated with Kalamazoo Hope)
If you are looking for quality sources of information in relation to COVID-19 (the coronavirus), Kalamazoo Hope presents the following organizations for data:
Kalamazoo Hope is an online psychological health service for the Kalamazoo County area founded by Scott Anderson, who is also a mental health peer. If you would like to help KHOPE return to a full website, with significantly more resources to offer, please click here to learn more.
Kalamazoo Hope disavows responsibility for the practices of any organization or individual listed on this website, as well as any outcome which may arise from the use of this website or the services found on it; the listing of an individual or service does not indicate a recommendation of or by said service.