STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2020) – Fulton County legislators said assistance for a variety of mental health issues is available for Hoosiers struggling to cope with the overwhelming effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) said an easy way to find local resources is to call 2-1-1. The free service quickly connects Hoosiers to support near their homes and is available 24/7. Many health insurance providers also cover telehealth options for counseling and emotional support.
"We are all finding ways to cope during this public health emergency," Gutwein said. "It's important to make our mental health a priority. If you are struggling, please reach out to a friend or family member or look into one of the many state and local resources we have."
According to State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen), 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.
“Getting the needed support is all that matters," Jordan said. “Dealing with mental illness is something no one should go through alone. There is a way through the darkness, and it begins with letting someone know help is needed.”
Shelters have reported an increase in domestic violence since stay-at-home orders were 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.
State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) 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 emotional support.
"This public health crisis isn't just impacting Hoosiers' physical health, it's also taking a toll on their mental health," Manning said. "We know mental health is a key component to someone's overall wellbeing, which is why it is so important to utilize these resources if you need help."
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.
State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) represents House District 17,
which includes all of Marshall County and a portion of Fulton County.
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State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) represents House District 23,
which includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
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