Lucas highlights mental health resources available to Hoosiers during pandemic

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Remember, we are all going through this difficult time together," Lucas said. "Even while we are staying home, we are not alone. I have seen the toll depression and emotional distress can take on someone, and Hoosiers should know assistance is a quick call away."

Lucas 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 Lucas, 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.

"This public health crisis stopped much of our everyday lives, but individuals with addiction issues still need help with recovery right now," Lucas said. "These programs continue offering meetings and services to those working to treat their mental health conditions."

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.

Lucas 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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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