Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow... Families on the Move
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow... Families on the Move
Families On The Move of New York City, Inc. (FOTM) stands firmly against injustice, racism, discrimination, and violence of any kind.
At FOTM, our commitment and goal is to work toward the elimination of inequality in our society, to speak out against injustice regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed and criminal background. Our mission is to also help the families and youth we serve and the community find their voice and to take a positive stand against discrimination of all forms.
We stand humbly and proudly in peace, love and support of the black lives that have been horrendously taken by the hands of police brutality and racism. In solidarity with our community members fighting for change and in favor of fairness for all, FOTM prays for the safety of everyone during this viral and racial pandemic. #BlackLivesMatter
The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced a series of ‘Back to School 2021’ videos to assist and support parents, caregivers and students as they prepare for the new school year.
OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “This has been an extremely trying year for the students of New York and for their parents. Some students haven’t been in the classroom for 18 months. Others have had to juggle hybrid learning. It’s been a period of extreme sacrifice and now, as we prepare to enter the 2021-22 school year, we want parents and students to know that we are here to support you and your mental health.”
The videos are targeted to parents and caregivers as well students with topics that include:
OMH surveyed hundreds of New York children and families to learn what might be causing anxiety and concern ahead of this school year. The videos will help kids and parents deal with the stress and other issues caused by the pandemic over the last 18 months, and also offer additional resources that have been compiled by the Office of Mental Health, including:
Additionally, OMH’s NY Project Hope Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314) continues to help support students and caregivers during this transition. The Helpline is open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday. Trained crisis counselors can listen to your concerns and offer suggestions for coping. It also provides linkages for callers who need additional support.
OMH launched the Emotional Support Helpline in March 2020 as part of the agency’s COVID-19 response and to date the line has handled 70,000 calls and provided free, confidential, and anonymous assistance to New Yorkers across the state.
FDA NEWS RELEASE
FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health
For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2021
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals.
“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”
The full news release is available at https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine
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Visit coronavirus.gov for the latest Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) updates.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a National Emergency due to the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mayor de Blasio announced the closing of the NYC School system. In support of both decisions, Families On The Move of New York City, Inc. (FOTM) has suspended all direct and in-person peer support services until further notice.
As updates of additional cases of this fast-spreading virus are reported and affecting New York City residents, FOTM’s top priority is to protect the health of our staff, provider partnerships and the families and youth that receive services from us. Therefore, FOTM has asked all employees to work remotely from their homes until further notice. We are also suspending all vendor and site visits as well as all nonessential travel to meetings, conferences, workshops, and training as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
To prepare for the challenges posed by COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, we encourage everyone to visit https://www.relias.com/topic/coronavirus provided by Relias Learning for coronavirus information and resources. This link will be updated by Relias Learning as more information and content become available. In an effort to minimize disruption of our services, FOTM’s Peer Advocates will be contacting families, parents, caregivers, and youth on their respective caseloads by emailing, text messaging, and facetime calling (if available). We are implementing this method of contact and engagement to provide support, keep everyone safe, and informed of FOTM updates. FOTM encourages everyone to follow the safety protocols and guidelines employed by New York State Department of Health, The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). For all medical emergencies please call 911. Any questions or concerns regarding FOTM’s services can be directed to Tina Gibbs, Associate Director at (347) 682-4951 or Arif Holmes, Director of HR/ Operations at (347) 682-4873. You can also visit our website for updates at www. fotmnyc.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and we wish everyone well and to be safe!
Families On The Move of New York City, Inc. (FOTM)
What Therapists Tell Patients Who Are Anxious About Coronavirus
If the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting your mental health, read this.
Read in HuffPost: www.huffpost.com/entry/therapists-advice-patients-coronavirus-anxiety