The Federal Emergency Management Association, or FEMA, is provding funding to support COVID-19 counseling for those living in Utah. Residents struggling with stress and anxiety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can receive help through crisis counseling programs.
FEMA Region 8 Administrator Lee dePalo said state programs will use local providers to deliver the counseling services. As the state programs are approved, additional information will be made available for how individuals can seek this crisis counseling assistance. The program assists individuals and communities in recovering from the psychological effects of natural and human caused disasters through community-based outreach and educational services. People who seek help through the program remain anonymous. The crisis counseling will be delivered by phone, internet and the media, including social media. The program is set up to help people understand their current situation and reactions and supports short-term interventions focused on mitigating stress, promoting the use or development of coping strategies, providing emotional support and encouraging links with other individuals and agencies who may help survivors in their recovery process.