Virtual Solutions for Everyone during COVID-19

Diversion Program Community Wellness Classes

Good News! You can still complete your Diversion Program requirements remotely. Here’s how…

NEW! Trainings, Webinars and CEUs

In the interest of public health & safety, all BCBH-sponsored
“face-to-face” trainings have been temporarily postponed.

PLEASE check the System of Care Trainings & Webinars Page OFTEN as NEW VIRTUAL TRAININGS are continually added.
Register for the sessions which may be required for work or helpful in your daily life!

Beaver County System of Care – YouTube Channel

Check out System of Care Infomercials, Quarantine Mental Health Playlist, and subscribe for notifications of new content.

BC Youth AmbassadorsYouTube Channel

Learn more about the Youth Ambassadors, see our videos, and subscribe for notifications of new content.

Connecting on Social Media (for all ages and groups)

Youth MOVE PA: is excited to host a “Youth Virtual Drop-In” that is all about getting some social interaction. Together, we can help each other feel better about the outside world and the stress it may bring by meeting new people who join this group.

Transition Age Mobile Crisis (We’ll respond quickly and support the whole family.)

Youth Ambassador Program: Talks with Tonette, Transition Age Mobile Crisis, Summer Youth Cafe and more . . .

Parents and Caregivers: NAMI Basics is a six-session education program for parents and caregivers of youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health conditions or symptoms. The NAMI Basics program is free to participants, 99% of whom would recommend the program to others. The program is available both in-person and also online. To register for the FREE ONLINE COURSE, click NAMI Basics OnDemand. Download the NAMI Basics flyer for more information.

FAMILY MEMBERS (ages 18+): NAMI Keystone PA is offering an online NAMI Family-to-Family course. The course will be 8-sessions long, held every Tuesday from 6:30pm-9:00pm starting again in 2021. 

NAMI Family-to-Family is a peer-led program, taught by trained family members. They are parents and grandparents, partners, siblings or adult children of individuals who have a mental health diagnosis. The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support, confidentiality, and compassion from individuals who share similar experiences – you realize that you are not alone. Registration is required but does not guarantee admission as space is limited.  (You will be contacted by NAMI to secure your admittance.) Download the NAMI Family to Family flyer  for more information.

Parents: Help and support during COVID-19, A Beaver County System of Care webpage.

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) Virtual Drop-Ins for Adult Peers, Youth, and Certified Peer Specialists.

The “CPS Virtual Drop-In” is designed specifically for Certified Peer Specialists. In this time of uncertainty, we must take care of our personal wellness, so we can continue to be an inspiration to those we serve, whether by phone or through other technology. This is a statewide support group that can be molded to fit the needs of those attending. We are resilient, we’re Peer Specialists, we are living breathing examples of recovery, and we will get through this together.

Doors to Wellbeing Webinars and Recordings for Peer Specialist Leaders
Webinars are always offered free but preregistration is required. Click here to learn more and to register.

FREE digital download!  The Wellness Guide to Overcoming Isolation During COVID-19 offers help and support for those suffering from isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being alone and lonely is difficult enough, but stay-at-home orders and social distancing make it even more challenging to overcome such feelings and make connections.

This new guide provides practical guidance for overcoming feelings of isolation and loneliness through building connections with oneself and others. It is designed for self-exploration about being connected, staying connected, getting reconnected, and choosing connection—even during difficult times.

This resource will also help you discover ways to take action and create positive changes for yourself. It can be used individually, with friends or family members, or with groups.

SELF Magazine:
10 Online Support Groups for Anyone Struggling to Get Through 2020

SELF Magazine:
14 Organizations and People Working to Support BIPOC Mental Health During the Coronavirus Crisis

A message from Mental Health First Aid:
The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

“If you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted because of the changes to our society brought on by COVID-19, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of Americans physically, mentally and emotionally.

People across the country are experiencing feelings of stress and fear because of the new disease as well as feelings of isolation because of physical distancing requirements. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 45% of adults report feelings of worry and stress related to COVID-19 have negatively impacted their mental health, and feelings of anxiety are becoming more common as people are worried about themselves or their loved ones getting sick. In fact, more than one-third of Americans have displayed clinical signs of anxiety, depression or both since the pandemic began.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress during a pandemic may cause:
– Fear and worry about your own health, the health of your loved ones, your financial situation, your job, or loss of support services you rely on.
– Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
– Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
– Worsening of chronic health problems.
– Worsening of mental health conditions.
– Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

These pandemic days are impacting adults, teens and young children differently. However, there are things you can do to care for yourself and help your loved ones take care of their mental health during this difficult time.

Use these resources to practice simple self-care strategies while at home during this difficult time:

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
The Importance of Maintaining a Routine While at Home
How to Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
How to Manage Your Mental Health When Feeling Stressed During COVID-19

Use these resources to support your loved ones who may be struggling:

How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19
Tips to Help Children and Youth Take Care of Their Mental Health During COVID-19

Finally, if you’re experiencing overwhelming feelings of anxiety or depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to loved ones or a trusted peer, your primary care physician, or a mental health professional for additional support. #BeTheDifference for yourself and your loved ones during and after COVID-19.”

Additional Online Resources: Meetings, Webinars, Therapy, Support Options and Recordings

No-cost online programming for families with children 19 years of age and younger:

Penn State Extension offers of 7 FREE lessons focused on Nutrition, Food Safety, and Stretching your Food Dollar.

The lessons can be viewed on a cellphone at your convenience. Participants who complete the series within 90 days will receive a Certificate of Completion from Penn State Extension and many incentive items will be mailed at a later date. (Print / share the flyer)

Visit Penn State Extension Nutrition Links Facebook page for delicious, low-cost, easy-to-make-recipes posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Virtual Recovery Meetings

There are many options to continue addiction recovery with support and attend meetings (yet avoid face-to-face contact) during the period of COVID-19 and Social Distancing. Click here!

Telehealth and Teletherapy

Beacon Health Options: Find a Provider
As the public health emergency related to COVID-19 continues to spread, we are recommending that our providers use telehealth services (where allowed) to ensure patients have access to care while adhering to social distancing. Please call your provider to understand his/her current telehealth capabilities. Looking for an in-network provider? Select your Insurance Carrier or Employer here.

Psychology Today: Finding Teletherapy in Beaver County, PA
Use this search tool to sort mental health professionals by location, insurances accepted, issues addressed, methods of therapy, and more . . .