Mental health

Project PPE/FEMA

Project PPE (Promoting Positive Emotions) is a free crisis counseling program designed to help Arkansans impacted by COVID-19 receive emotional and behavioral health services. The FEMA-funded project is administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health in coordination with local providers throughout the state. Arkansans can reach the support line 24/7 at 833-993-2382.

The state's Crisis Stablization Units are offering free telehealth support groups for Arkansans who've tested positive for COVID-19. Ozark Guidance, an affiliate of Arisa Health, is managing the support group at the NWA Regional Crisis Unit.

Changes to daily life prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic are causing stress and anxiety for many people. For tips on staying mentally well while dealing with uncertainty, loss and loneliness, we spoke to a psychologist from Counseling and Psychological Services or CAPS which is part of the University of Arkansas's Pat Walker Health Center.

Courtesy / MY-T-BY Design Studio

A free event designed to provide a space for people of color to discuss and learn about grief is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at My-T-By-Design Therpeutic Art Studio in Fayetteville. Licensed professional counselors will participate in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience.

Ozark Guidance, Counseling Associates, Mid-South Health Systems and Professional Counseling Associates have signed a Letter of Intent to form a new nonprofit called Arisa Health. Once the merger is complete in early 2020, Arisa Health will have locations in 41 counties in the northern half of Arkansas.