All Kinds of News for April 08, 2020
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, mental health providers have been forced to embrace a new medium of virtual treatment. One fundraising movement, Connect To Give Back, is uniting them with a platform for helping children in need. Mental health providers offering virtual treatments who sign up to be a part of Connect To Give Back are agreeing to a simple commitment: to donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for every virtual treatment session they host until April 17, 2020.
How Virtual Treatment Spawned a Movement
On March 16th, John McGeehan, LCSW, CASAC, Founder and CEO of The Dorm, and his team transitioned over 900 weekly individual and group sessions online.
“It was a momentous feat but one that was essential in order to maintain the continuity of care for our clients and their families," shares John. "What I kept wondering, however, was how we could shift the perspective around this new reality from viewing it as an unfortunate ‘challenge’ to seeing it as an opportunity to give back as a community.”
Within 72 hours, the Connect To Give Back fundraising campaign was launched.
“The idea is simple”, explains John. “If you are a mental health provider offering virtual treatment sessions right now, you can join our movement and help us make a big difference, together. To get started, you simply commit to donating $1 to No Kid Hungry for every virtual session you host from now until April 17th.”
Helping Feed Vulnerable Children Nationwide
Connect To Give Back has partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nationwide non-profit campaign that is committed to helping millions of vulnerable children who are losing access to the healthy meals they depend on as the coronavirus closes schools nationwide.
“As soon as we heard about widespread school closures, we identified No Kid Hungry as a partner that needed our help”, Dr. Amanda Fialk, Chief of Clinical Services and Partner at The Dorm, says. “On a typical day, the National School Lunch Program provides low-cost, free lunches to 29.7 million children. School closures are devastating for vulnerable children who rely on these meals throughout the week.”
A Mental Health Community Working Together to Raise $10,000
“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have seen across the mental health community”, shares John. “At first, we launched Connect To Give back as a commitment from The Dorm, but it’s grown into a collective movement that includes mental health partners from across the country. To date, this includes The Freedom Institute, Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS), The O’Connor Professional Group, Koved Care Inc, Heights Treatment and private practitioners Dr. Sharon Freedman and Dr. Deborah Lubetkin. We look forward to seeing what’s possible together and hope to reach our goal of raising $10,000 for No Kid Hungry.”
To join the Connect To Give Back movement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.