STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2020) – State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Every day routines and actions people normally have control over have been turned upside down," Judy said. "This is very unsettling for most. As Hoosiers shift to working and learning from home, there may be tension that wasn't there before. For those having trouble coping, resources are available to help."
Judy 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 Judy, 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.
Judy 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.
“Feelings of loneliness can be overwhelming, especially while we all practice social distancing," Judy said. "Because there are both long- and short-term implications for those suffering from mental health issues, it's important to reach out now. Don't wait. Ask for 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. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,
which includes portions of Allen and Whitley counties.
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