Patterson Law Group and Readiness Group Join Forces to Strengthen the Covid-19 Mental Health Resiliency of Texas Medical Professionals

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New program funded through a GoFundMe campaign will make world-class and culturally-informed mental health intervention and therapy available to medical workers throughout Texas who are directly involved in the Covid-19 response.

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We ask our community to help Mental Health for Heroes rally support for the medical community by bringing together mental health resources throughout Texas.

Patterson Law Group, a Texas-based personal injury law firm, is proud to announce a new partnership with Readiness Group, LLC. This partnership, Mental Health for Heroes, will provide quality crisis intervention and counseling services to Texas medical workers directly involved in the Covid-19 response.

“Both as a law firm and generally as a community, we owe a great debt to our healthcare workers,” says Travis Patterson, Managing Partner of Patterson Law Group. “What they are doing right now in response to this pandemic is the most heroic thing I’ve ever seen. They are doing whatever it takes to save the lives of complete strangers, even though it means often putting themselves and their own loved ones at risk. The mental toll all of it must have on them is staggering, but they somehow continue to put one foot in front of the other. If they need someone to work through this fight with (which is completely to be expected), it’s our mission to support them. It’s the least we can do for these heroes.”

The purpose behind this initiative is to nurture and build mental resiliency in the medical workers on the front line of the Texas Covid-19 response. The stress and fear that is being placed on these heroes and their families is yet to be fully realized. But, we cannot wait to act. We know it is immensely challenging to do a job in the face of fear, tragedy, and uncertainty. That is why we are stepping up to provide the mental health support and relief our healthcare heroes need to remain in action and at the top of their games. Our initial goal is crisis intervention, but we want to do more. We want to provide long-term solutions. To do so, we have designed a three (3) phase approach:

Current Phase (Free Initial Service):
Crisis Intervention: Initial donations will provide free Crisis Interventions and Resiliency Checks to healthcare professionals who are feeling overwhelmed by their role in the response to the Coronavirus – all done via HIPAA-compliant telehealth platforms.

Future Phases (Cost-Effective Continuation of Care):
Recovery: As we gain momentum raising funds, donations will also go toward providing six (6) free therapy sessions for health care professionals screened through the Resiliency program and determined to be in need of further therapy.
Sustainability: Sustainability of mental healthcare for our medical community.

The initial crisis intervention calls (to be provided free of cost) will focus on trauma intervention, bringing chaos to calm, and developing a plan for moving forward. The recovery phase will offer traditional counseling and education components to keep the calm as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. The sustainability phase will provide long-term access to mental health providers to maintain the calm well after we beat the pandemic—through whatever else life throws at these heroes. The goal is for the Recovery and Sustainability phase services to be provided with minimal to no out-of-pocket costs to our heroes. We need donations to make this happen. All therapists will be Texas licensed clinicians trained in trauma response, the intervention process, and the medical culture.

We ask our community to help Mental Health for Heroes rally support for the medical community by bringing together mental health resources throughout Texas and making them readily available to our medical professionals. Please donate to our GoFundMe campaign. A $1,000 donation will provide twenty (20) crisis intervention sessions or ten (10) counseling sessions.

“Readiness Group is thrilled at the opportunity to partner with Patterson Law Group to rally the mental health community to support our local medical heroes,” says Dr. Brenda Tillman, LPC-S, Ph.D., Owner at Readiness Group, LLC. “We know that the support is out there and ready to respond. Mental Health for Heroes will consolidate these resources and make them readily available and affordable for Texas Medical Workers.”

Mental Health for Heroes, by and through its partners at the Readiness Group, is establishing a network of trained therapists to provide crisis intervention responses seven (7) days per week. Participating therapists will receive training on the culture of the medical community as well as how to carry out Crisis Intervention calls.

If you are an agency interested in providing support to this cause, please email us at hello@mentalhealthforheroes.org. Readiness Group will contact you to discuss your participation!

About Mental Health for Heroes: Mental Health for Heroes is an organization created to meet the mental health needs of the Texas healthcare heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight. Mental Health for Heroes will provide free crisis interventions for individuals who are feeling overwhelmed by their role in response to COVID-19. These calls will focus on trauma intervention, bringing chaos to calm, and developing a plan for moving forward. All therapists will be trained in trauma response, the intervention process, and the medical culture. Mental Health for Heroes is primarily funded through a GoFundMe-funded campaign. Mental Health for Heroes applied for expedited 501(c)(3) tax status on April 16, 2020. We are confident that status will be obtained, but make no guarantees. If granted, your donation should be treated as any other donation you make to a recognized 501(c)(3) organization. To read more about Mental Health for Heroes, please visit https://mentalhealthforheroes.org/.

About Patterson Law Group: Patterson Law Group has been representing Texans for their personal injury claims since 1995. They learned a long time ago the value of high-level mental health counseling for individuals who have been through trauma, as well as the value of partnerships with medical providers who only want what’s best for patients. To read more about Patterson Law Group and the legal services they provide, visit https://pattersonpersonalinjury.com/.

About Readiness Group: Readiness Group’s focus over the last twenty (20) years has been aligning with first responders, military, and medical organizations to build resilient communities. The fundamental purpose of these communities is to change the negative stigma associated with mental health and trauma response. By using a mind-body approach, the RG team educates individuals in the Science of Trauma and develops specific programs that foster a trauma-informed culture at the peer level. The primary mission of Readiness Group is developing communities that bring individuals, organizations, families, and resources together to build strength and resiliency. To read more about the Readiness Group mission, visit https://www.readinessgrp.com.

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