93°F
weather icon Clear

Warmline launched as health workers’ resource

The toll-free phone line, administered by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, in partnership with the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, will serve as a confidential mental health resource for health care professionals to seek support before they have reached a crisis point.

“The partnership between UNLV and DPBH is a tremendous resource for health care workers across our state,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “These workers have been on the front lines helping Nevada battle COVID-19, and it’s important we provide them the same care and consideration they provide to patients on a daily basis.”

Through Warmline, trained volunteers are available to provide emotional support, stress management and resources for health care providers who are responding to COVID-19 in Nevada.

“The UNLV School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is proud to partner with the Division of Public and Behavioral Health to coordinate a warmline to support health care providers across Nevada,” said Dr. Alison Netski, chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral health. “We know that working in health care during this public health crisis can be difficult and cause emotional and mental distress.

“This resource will allow for health care providers in Nevada to anonymously reach a volunteer mental health or health professional for support, resources and referrals.”

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health was awarded funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support Warmline along with 24/7 psychiatric triage for children, adolescents and adults and an expansion of the Division of Child and Family Services Children’s Mobile Crisis Teams.

The Nevada HealthCARES Warmline is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday at 833-434-0385.

If you are a licensed medical or behavioral health provider and would like to volunteer to support Warmline, please go to Battle Born Medical Corps at SERVNV.org to register. For more information about Warmline, contact Dr. Sara Hunt, assistant dean of behavioral health sciences at the UNLV School of Medicine, at sara.hunt@unlv.edu.

More information about COVID-19 in Nevada, including resources and guidance, can be found at nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Exposure forces closure of Pahrump Justice Court

The Pahrump Justice Court announced Monday that it will be closed effective Tuesday, July 7 because of a COVID-19 exposure.

Tax deadline coming up on July 15

As the July 15 deadline for filing income taxes nears, the IRS is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file that IRS.gov has tools and services to help them meet their tax obligations.

Bars closed again in Nye, 6 other Nevada counties

Nye County was one of seven Nevada counties affected when the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the elevated disease transmission criteria for determining whether a county must revert to Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan for bars.

Appreciation Picnic honors Pahrump’s and Nye’s first responders

With red, white and blue decorations gracing tables, American flags and banners lining the fence and snapping in the breeze, balloons floating in the air and big smiles at the ready, area residents came together last week to honor the men and women who take on the duties of first responders for not just Pahrump but the entire county of Nye.

Pahrump pool season sinks amid lack of lifeguards

After the announcement that the 2020 Pahrump Community Pool season had been scrapped because of a lack of staffing applicants and the subsequent push to get more locals to apply for one one of the open positions that followed, the town of Pahrump was hoping that this year’s pool season would be saved.

UNR scientists make key advance in X-ray images

A team of scientists, led by University of Nevada, Reno’s Hiroshi Sawada, an associate professor of physics, demonstrated that numerical modeling accurately reproduces X-ray images using laser-produced X-rays. The images were obtained using the university’s chirped pulse amplification-based 50-terawatt Leopard laser at their Zebra Pulsed Power Lab.

Studies determine shutdown saved millions

Two separate research studies determined that shutdown orders prevented about 60 million coronavirus infections in the United States and saved about 3.1 million lives in 11 European countries.

Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

A Pahrump man is dead after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle Friday evening, July 3rd.

Camp Fire of 2018 leads to new wildfire research

Moved by the tragedy of the 2018 Camp Fire, a team of engineers and scientists are coming together in a new five-year project to develop a comprehensive computational, live digital platform to predict and monitor wildfire risk that can be used by wildfire managers, emergency responders and utility companies to plan for, respond to and remediate wildfires.