Those of us who work at the Brattleboro Retreat were horrified by the situation that resulted in the death of George Floyd. The ensuing mass demonstrations in cities across the nation have been both inspiring and heartbreaking to watch.
At the same time, we recognize that the anger now playing out from coast-to-coast (and in some parts of Europe) is not a consequence of the single, unjust murder of an African American man at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
In this Keep Talking episode, Dr. Leslie Korn talks with Gay Maxwell about "integrative medicine" and how her holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of mental health and addiction disorders not only includes counseling and psychotherapy, but the use of dietary and supplement protocols.
One way to supplement the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew face masks. This generous outpouring is in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to demand timely, innovative solutions that focus on keeping people safe. And as we are learning, these solutions require the willingness of health care institutions to work together for the greater good.
With that in mind we want to reassure our neighbors and friends both locally and across Vermont that the Brattleboro Retreat and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) have developed an effective way to address the needs of psychiatric patients with possible COVID-19 needs.
NOTE: This article was co-written by members of the Anna Marsh Clinic Staff
As the new and unprecedented reality of a worldwide pandemic sets in, people from all walks of life are grappling with feelings of uncertainty along with understandable emotions including fear and anxiety.
Even in the midst of what seems like a fast-moving situation, we know we will be coping for a period of time with a variety of temporary, but life altering responses, aimed at keeping as many people as possible safe and healthy.
Dear Community Member,
As we focus collectively on the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I want to assure you that the Brattleboro Retreat is taking numerous steps to safeguard the health of our patients, staff, and community.
At the same time, we are remaining focused on our core mission to provide quality mental health and addiction services. With the few exceptions listed below, we are continuing to accept admissions across many of our programs.
Put your own oxygen mask on first! Make sure your fears are in check and that you get the help you need to cope during these unprecedented times. Talk to your friends and other supports about this privately, out of earshot from children. With young children around turn off the radio and television when Covid 19 broadcasts are on. With older children limit it; there is only so much any of us can take without feeling anxious.
The field of addiction care has seen several important developments in the past 10 years. Many, but not all, have been driven by efforts to respond to the nationwide opioid crisis. From my perspective, the most significant advance in the last decade has been the ‘hub and spoke’ treatment model — an innovation in addiction care that was started here in Vermont and has been adopted by a number of states across the nation.