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Family Service of RI Taps Technology for Awareness and Direct Care

Family Service of RI Taps Technology
for Awareness and Direct Care
PROVIDENCE, RI, May 13, 2020–Family Service of Rhode Island, founded in the 1890s, has tapped today’s technology to raise awareness of mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide mental health and substance use counseling.

“With strict policies limiting face-to-face care due to social distancing and stay-at-home directives, it has become critical to conduct patient encounters by telephone or video conference during the current pandemic, especially as many patients are currently experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety.” said Sarah Kelly-Palmer LICSW, who heads the non-profit’s outpatient programs.

Family Service of Rhode Island was able to quickly and efficiently transition into providing telehealth service and hope people needing mental health and substance use care will contact us. For additional information or to set up an appointment call (401) 519-2280, or visit www.familyserviceri.org. habla español.

In addition, technology has made Kelly-Palmer and a Family Service of Rhode Island colleague Kayla David LMFT, bona fide video stars.

In response to the pandemic, Family Service of Rhode Island launched a weekly live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. Each broadcast focuses on a particular topic – such as «How to talk to children about grief and loss during COVID-19» and «Taking care of ourselves during COVID-19». It was an immediate hit!

Thousands of viewers regularly watch the Facebook broadcast Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or the post-broadcast recording.

“We want people to know that they are not alone and that we are here for anyone who may be having a difficult time adjusting,” said David. «It’s time to shift into wellness mode, which is why we’ve named the broadcast «BE WELL RI Live,» she added.

Tune in live, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/FamilyServiceRI/ or visit the site 24/7 to see past programs.