Written on March 14, 2020
As people around the world are affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus), Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is responding to our community's need to stay connected by doing more of what we do: providing spaces, including virtual ones, for continued growth and healing together.
In many areas, "social distancing" (avoiding crowded situations like school, worship, recreation) is already occurring. As always, our vision is that no one should have to recover alone.
We are increasing the frequency of our new Virtual Support Groups. Beginning the week of 3/24, these facilitated support groups will occur weekly, at various times so participants can join from different time zones.
We will continue to offer our weekly moderated Peer Support Chat, which takes place every Wednesday night from 9:30-10:30pm (EST).
As always, we are working with our hospital partners to connect their communities with resources and support, as we explore new ways to help survivors stay connected with their local communities.
For survivors of trauma, the current global health situation may be especially challenging. Our Resource Center is full of articles, fact sheets, and videos created by the burn community, for the burn community. As the situation unfolds, we'll continue to develop resources to help you thrive.
If you're feeling uneasy about the global health situation, check out these tips from our Programs team to manage your mental health and prevent isolation.
Many are wondering about the status of Phoenix WBC 2020. The health and safety of our community is a top priority, and we are monitoring the outbreak closely. With our community's support, we have been evolving a Virtual Experience for the past several years. If a change in format becomes necessary, we will be ready with a plan. We will keep you updated with the latest news.
Five years ago, we set out to grow our capacity to reach those who are isolated and lack connection to support. Our community rallied around our goal to reach more people, whenever they need support. Because we've been able to build our capacity for connection, we can continue expand support even in these interesting times with minimal interruption to our services.
That wouldn't be possible without you.
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