How can mental health clinicians help those with SMI to adhere to physical distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Physical distancing is a vital public health tool for preventing the spread of COVID-19. A variety of issues could create challenges in adhering to these guidelines for those with SMI. These could include lack of knowledge about the guidelines, residential instability or homelessness, need to continue working, or other financial constraints that may necessitate more more frequent shopping or other activities. Helping patients with SMI to adhere to these guidelines will entail a combination of education and assistance in overcoming these social and economic barriers.

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