Baird highlights mental health resources available to Hoosiers during pandemic

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, April 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2020) – State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

"There are so many who have been adversely impacted by this public health crisis," Baird said. "Whether you have lost a job, are fearful of getting sick or experiencing anxiety in general, it's important to remember you are not alone. We are all in this together. A reassuring voice or tips on managing stress are a call or click away."

Baird said an easy way to find local mental health resources is to call 2-1-1. The free service quickly connects callers to support near their homes and is available 24/7. Hoosiers can also contact their doctor or health insurance provider about access to telehealth options for counseling and emotional support.

According to Baird, social distancing and staying home may exacerbate addiction issues for those in recovery from substance abuse because they may not have access to their typical healthy coping methods. Anyone struggling can call the Indiana Addiction Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get referrals for treatment at state-approved agencies and connections to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Shelters have reported an increase in domestic violence since the stay-at-home order was issued. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-332-7385, and is online at icadvinc.org where Hoosiers can seek help and find nearby programs and services.

Baird said for some, social distancing can trigger feelings of loneliness and suicidal thoughts. Those experiencing emotional distress can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org for confidential support.

“While we have all these resources available, interacting with our friends and family is also helpful,” Baird said. “Technology is able to connect us in more ways than ever before, so I encourage Hoosiers to check on their loved ones whenever they can. A phone call can go a long way for someone who is struggling.”  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers comprehensive guidance on coping with stress. Tips include keeping a routine, staying connected with family and friends, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. More information can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Stay updated on what Indiana is doing to address COVID-19 by visiting IN.gov/coronavirus

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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