STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is a health crisis unlike anything we've ever experienced," Negele said. "It's important to know that there are resources and professionals who are ready to help anyone who may be struggling emotionally. We will all get through this time and be stronger for it."
Negele 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 Negele, 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.
Negele 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.
"Given the domino effect caused by this pandemic, it's no surprise our crisis hotlines have been inundated with calls," Negele said. "That means no one is truly in this by themselves. Resources are readily available if 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. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County,
and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
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