In commemoration of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month,” WXHC is running a special weekly segment featuring input from local mental health professionals in Cortland County:
Sharon MacDougall has been director of the Cortland County Mental Health Department for several months now, after arriving to the community around the same time as the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19.
Prior to that, MacDougall spent several decades working in the field across New York State, including the past four years as deputy of the Tompkins County Mental Health Department.
She spoke with WXHC about some of the adjustments she’s now overseen since taking the job in Cortland County.
“Very rapidly we were able to transition our staff to working from home, but still able to offer important services to the community through telehealth visits,” MacDougall said. “Not only did we avoid losing a lot of scheduled visits, but less appointments have been cancelled due to the convenience of being able to see your clinician from home.”
Be sure to tune into the rest of this month’s Mental Health Awareness Month segments, airing each Monday after the 9:00 local news.
PRESS PLAY BELOW to listen to the interview with MacDougall: