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April 22, 2020

In This Issue
"FrontLine WarmLine" Launches to Help Maine's Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19
Maine Medical Association Zoom Meeting for Providers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Additional CARES Act Provider Assistance Details and Timing Released
Congress: Paycheck Protection Program Update
Promoting Health and Preventing Disease: How Public and Environmental Health Work Together
Climate Change is Degrading the Air we Breathe and Impacting our Health and Productivity
MMA Joins the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health
CMS Issues Recommendations to Re-Open Health Care Systems in Areas with Low Incidence of COVID-19
AMA Urges Governors to Adopt Emergency Response Protections for Physicians
A Message from Maine Responds
Nominations for the MMA 2020 Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service
Responding to the 2020 Census
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
Opportunities to Support Physician Candidates for the 130th Maine Legislature
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
April 29 webinar: MAT in a Time of Public Health Emergency & Social Distancing
Successful Opiate Recovery Strategies - June 3 at 2pm, Augusta Civic Center
Maine Suicide Prevention Program Training for Clinicians
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Outpatient Physician
Medical Director, Primary Care Physician
Physician - Nasson Health Care
Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 
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"FrontLine WarmLine" Launches to Help Maine's Health Care Workers and First Responders Manage Emotional Toll of COVID-19

A new volunteer phone support service, the FrontLine WarmLine, launched Tuesday, April 21st to help Maine health care workers and first responders manage the stress of serving on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FrontLine Warmline serves health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses and counselors, as well as emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement, and others who are directly responding to the pandemic in Maine. The line is staffed by volunteer professionals activated through Maine Responds, including licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, and nurse practitioners, who can help callers to deal with anxiety, irritability, stress, poor sleep, grief or worry and, if needed, connect them with additional supports.

The FrontLine WarmLine is available to clinicians and first responders from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week by calling (207) 221-8196 or 866-367-4440. Text capability will be added soon.

The FrontLine WarmLine is a joint effort of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Maine Department of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, The Opportunity Alliance, Maine Psychological Association, and the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The FrontLine WarmLine will be available until further notice.

For those who are not health care workers or first responders but are experiencing emotional distress, several other 24/7 resources are available:

  • Statewide Crisis Line: 888-568-1112
  • Intentional Peer Support Warmline to speak with staff who have lived experience with mental health conditions: 866-771-9276
  • Suicide Hotline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
  • 211 and 211maine.org can provide general COVID-19 information, including how to access behavioral health and social service resources
  • Maine DHHS Office of Behavioral Health resources guide

 


 

 


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