Cook highlights mental health resources available to Hoosiers during pandemic

Posted by: Andi TenBarge  | Monday, April 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2020) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

"With so many Hoosiers staying at home more during this pandemic, it can often trigger feelings of loneliness or anxiety," Cook said. "If you need help, please seek assistance. You are not alone."

Cook 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 Cook, 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.

"It's important to recognize the added pressure many in recovery are feeling," Cook said. "Routines are key to sobriety, and while much of the structure has been disrupted in our lives, there are resources available to help prevent Hoosiers from falling through the cracks."

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.

Cook 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.

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. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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