STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2020) – State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We will make it through this by supporting each other," Jordan said. "Those struggling during this time need to know they can reach out for help. It's a difficult first step for many, but an immensely important one."
Jordan 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 Jordan, 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.
Jordan 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.
“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.”
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. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) represents House District 17,
which includes all of Marshall County and a portion of Fulton County.
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