STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
"The effects from this virus can feel monumental," Heaton said. "Our friends, family and neighbors are being impacted in a variety of ways, and we need to help one another any way we can until this health crisis has been moderated."
Heaton 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 Heaton, 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.
Heaton 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.
"This may feel like a hopeless situation now," Heaton said. "But it is not a permanent situation, and it will get better. Until then, don't be afraid to seek help if you need it. And if you are able, consider reaching out to others who may be 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.
State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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