Resources to Help With The Effects of COVID-19
The effects of COVID-19 seem to be limitless. It has changed the way we do almost everything, and it doesn’t seem we’re going back to normal anytime soon! And of course, some people are more affected than others. Some have lost their jobs, are struggling with their health, or have found themselves needing legal or emotional help. We have compiled a list of resources for those who may need help during this difficult time.
If you need information on a specific legal problem caused by COVID-19, you may wish to start with our eBooks:
Or our blog posts:
Decision-Making For Divorced Parents (Specifically, should we send our children back to school?)
Income Changes & Child Support (Will my stimulus check affect my child support?)
And more at ColoradoLawyerTeam.com/Blog.
If you are in need of further legal help, you can schedule for a free consultation with Nicol Gersch Petterson (information below) or check out the American Bar Association’s COVID-19 Pro Bono work.
Those who experience domestic violence are in an increasingly dangerous position, as the virus is keeping us all in the house more.
Victims may wish to look at help offered by organizations such as the Rose Andom Center, where domestic violence victims can find safety, support, and services to rebuild their lives and heal their families. The Rose Andom Center has a list of resources for Domestic Violence victims, specifically for help during COVID, found here.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues
The pandemic can worsen already existing mental health issues, or create new ones such as depression and/or anxiety. Similarly, it can worsen existing substance abuse issues or spark new issues.
The Center for Disease Control has compiled a list of resources for coping with stress, taking care of your mental health, addressing substance abuse, and compiled a list of crisis hotlines and information for finding a health care providers, found here.
With many people unemployed, or under-employed (only working part time), many have found themselves in need of financial assistance.
As a first resource, you may wish to check with your bank or credit union. Many are offering assistance such as waiving non-sufficient funds charges, and assistance on credit card and loan payments.
Additionally, you may find a list of relief grants for individuals on this website.
Bar and restaurant employees can apply for assistance here.
Additionally, many food banks are working hard to ensure they can meet the increased demand for their services.
There is no shame in needing help during this difficult time. And the list above is surely not exhaustive – you may also have luck by researching programs, opportunities, counselors and more in your community. Stay safe, stay healthy, and good luck!
Need More Legal Help?
It’s never fun to deal with legal problems, but it is certainly worse in a global health pandemic. If you are in need of criminal defense or family law help, consider reaching out to Nicol Gersch Petterson for a free 30-minute consultation. Find more information at https://CoLawTeam.com or call 970.670.0378.
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