ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF Restores now provides virtual mental health treatment for one of Orange County’s coronavirus hotspots — Azalea Park.

Here’s what you should know about the program:

1. The program by UCF Restores is in Spanish and utilizes tele-health. Many in the community are Spanish-speaking families.

UCF Restores houses a treatment clinic that provides clinical services to veterans, active duty military, first responders, survivors of trauma, and community members experiencing PTSD and anxiety-related concerns.

2. “We know people are having an increase in mental health problems [during the coronavirus pandemic],” Dr. Deborah Beidel UCF Restores director said. “First of all, many people lost their jobs that’s how they’ve been directly impacted. The other thing is people have to stay at home. We’ve seen rises in domestic violence and suicide.”

3. UCF Restores partnered with Iglesia Episcopal Jesus de Nazaret to provide the free mental health treatment.

The church partnered with the treatment clinic to provide mental health treatment for Hurricane Maria survivors overcome their disaster related trauma or PTSD. Many Hurricane Maria survivors now live in Azalea Park.

4. Dr. Beidel said the coronavirus pandemic related stress could compound any trauma for Hurricane Maria victims.

“It can lead to either worsening of symptoms that have already been there or started new symptoms,” she said.

5. Dr. Beidel said anyone who does not have access to the Internet or smart phones could receive treatment over the phone. The treatments include treating sleeping issues, substance abuse, and depression.

6. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found 47 percent of people sheltering in place reported negative mental health effects resulting from worry or stress related to coronavirus.

Anyone looking to receive treatments can call the treatment program’s number: (407) 966-4512​.

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