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Navigating Mental Health in Hawaii During COVID-19

As we mark a year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial to acknowledge not only the physical toll but the profound mental health impacts it has had on our community. The virus’s repercussions extend far beyond its physical symptoms, infiltrating aspects of emotional well-being and mental stability.


Recognizing the Unseen Battle

While fever and fatigue may be the physical hallmarks of COVID-19, the pandemic has ushered in a wave of less visible but equally daunting challenges. Social isolation, employment worries, and the overarching uncertainty have contributed to a surge in anxiety, depression, and stress across our communities. Mental health experts warn that these effects may linger far longer than the virus itself.


Hawaii’s Response: Kū Makani – The Hawaii Resiliency Project

In response to this growing concern, Hawai‘i’s Department of Health has launched “Kū Makani – The Hawaii Resiliency Project.” This initiative aims to provide a comprehensive support system for those grappling with the psychological aftermath of the pandemic. Offering expanded counseling, virtual events, and tailored resources, Kū Makani is a beacon of hope for residents seeking solace and support.

Accessible Support Across the Islands

Kū Makani makes mental health assistance more accessible than ever, with trained crisis counselors available across all major Hawaiian islands. Whether you’re in need of support in Ilokano, Spanish, Hawaiian, or any of the other languages available, help is just a call away. The services extend beyond traditional weekday hours, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to seek help when they need it most.

Partnership and Funding

The program’s reach and efficacy are bolstered by a robust partnership with CARE Hawaii, Inc., and significant federal support. A $2 million grant from FEMA and SAMHSA has been instrumental in bringing this vital service to fruition, demonstrating a strong commitment to the mental well-being of Hawai‘i’s residents.

The Takeaway

As we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, the Kū Makani program stands out as a critical resource in Hawaii’s fight against the pandemic’s mental health impacts. By recognizing the importance of mental health and offering comprehensive support, we can hope to emerge from this crisis stronger and more resilient. To access these resources or learn more, visit www.kumakani.org or call the Hawai‘i CARES hotline tailored to your specific needs.

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