To Our Dedicated Volunteers, Program Participants, and NAMI Friends,
The Fall of 2021 brought us some hope, as we relaunched in-person programming with great success. But, if this pandemic teaches us one thing, it will be flexibility. We have pivoted, swiveled, and salsa danced around each scenario thrown in our path – and unfortunately it is time to do so again.
We have made the tough decision to temporarily suspend our in-person support groups through February, 2022. Our staff have been closely monitoring trends in COVID-19 data and are following the advice of public health officials. While it has been so special to bring community members back together in a physical space, we feel it is important to do our part to protect the health and safety of our participants and volunteers.
We know that our support groups and classes are essential for many to manage and maintain their mental health and wellness, and that this decision will have a big impact on the people who count on us. As such, we want to make clear that the support groups that were in-person will be made available through Zoom.
To view our updated support group offerings and how to access them, please click here or visit www.namibaltimore.org/support-groups
All support groups will be held virtually in January and February 2022. In mid-February, we will re-evaluate the state of public health and determine how groups will operate in March and April 2022. We are so grateful for your patience and flexibility as we are trying to create the best experience for our participants and volunteers.
I know you, like me, are exceedingly weary over this ongoing pandemic and the constant changes. At the same time, I am increasingly hopeful over the elevated voices around mental health. The conversations are happening all around us – in the media, in schools, in the workplace, and yes, even in line masked-up at the grocery store. The buzz around mental health that initiated in 2020 at the onset of COVID-19 has become a roar. 2022 might be off to a rough start, but we will persevere and we will get louder!
Yours in Health,
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