WARSAW – United Way of Noble County has awarded Bowen Center an $11,000 Noble County Economic Relief Initiative grant to provide critical incident stress management and individual crisis counseling to staff in Noble County long-term care facilities.
The grant will help cover counseling sessions for staff working in long-term care facilities who are struggling to cope with trauma and/or loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will also help to provide those employees with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events.
The educational process helps those involved in a critical incident to mitigate the impact, aid recovery, and provide opportunities for additional support services. CISM helps lower the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, stress, anxiety, and depressive episodes and helps participants better function at work, at home and in their relationships.
“The pandemic has had a damaging impact on all of us and those working in long-term care facilities have been hit very hard,” said Kurt Carlson, Bowen Center president/CEO. “We are grateful to United Way of Noble County for investing in the mental health of these essential workers who are struggling to provide the best care possible to their patients through this crisis,” said Mr. Carlson.