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American Red Cross launches virtual stress management workshop for veterans, military families

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Posted at 1:36 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 13:36:53-04

CLEVELAND — The American Red Cross has launched an online, interactive workshop to help the military community manage pandemic-related stress and anxiety.

The American Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Project will bring the virtual workshop to veterans on Friday, May 8.

There will be two mental health facilitators who will run each workshop, which runs for about 60 to 90 minutes, with no more than 12 participants in each session.

Workshop topics include:

· Managing the stress of isolation, multitasking, working from home, supporting children, managing health, caring for family members and career interruptions

· Defining stress and recognizing its impact

· Healthy communication during highly stressful times

· Learning relaxation exercises

· Setting goals for building wellness plans

· Getting healthy sleep

· Finding a positive perspective

“The Red Cross has always been there for the military community, but now we are focusing on more accessible skills-building and behavioral health outlets for this community because we know that people are nervous and their access to resources has changed due to COVID-19”, said Melissa Porrey, a Red Cross mental health senior associate and licensed professional counselor, in a news release. “By using a virtual model, people all over the world can log in and connect in real time with a small group of people facing similar concerns.”

Find more information on the workshops here.