Mental Health Association Oklahoma says it's launching statewide virtual support groups for essential workers impacted by COVID-19.
That includes groups for first responders like medical and emergency personnel, firefighters and police officers.
Other groups include one for front-line workers who are feeling the stress of direct contact at-risk populations and virus patients.
Those groups are mostly closed, but there are many that will be open for the public, including specific ones for parents and people with specific mental health needs.
These virtual support groups are available to anyone across the state.
Mental Health Association Oklahoma says with all the stress brought on by COVID-19, there needs to be an outlet where people can just speak their mind in front of supporters. Even if right now people cant get physically close.
"We are hardwired for connection, and even though front-line workers and first responders are connection with their peers, they are all in a heightened state of work intensity," says Dr. Rebecca Hubbard from Mental Health Association Oklahoma.
These meetings will start Saturday and will continue though out the week.
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