NWI lawmakers encourage struggling Hoosiers to turn to Be Well Crisis Helpline

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Monday, March 8, 2021 11:00 am

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2021) — With the pandemic continuing to take a toll on mental health, Northwest Indiana lawmakers encourage Hoosiers to turn to Indiana's Be Well Crisis Helpline, a free and confidential resource already helping thousands of people across the state.

According to State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron), Hoosiers can connect with a trained counselor at no cost by calling 211 or visiting BeWellIndiana.com.  

 "Nobody should feel ashamed for focusing on their mental health or face illness alone," Aylesworth said. "Seeking help is an important step toward addressing the issue, and this free resource can assist Hoosiers in moving forward."  

 When calling 211 to reach the Be Well Crisis Helpline, Hoosiers enter their ZIP code, follow the prompts and select No. 3. On BeWellIndiana.com, Hoosiers can take a mental health assessment, access substance use disorder and recovery resources, as well as educational videos from experts in the field.  

 State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) said 211 and BeWellIndiana.com can connect Hoosiers to other helpful state resources, like child care, and unemployment and health insurance.

 "Mental health issues have increased due to the pandemic, as well as the need to connect to basic services," Olthoff said. "Taking care of your mental and physical well-being needs to be a priority, so please turn to 211 or Be Well Indiana, where professionals are ready to provide assistance."

 Since launching in July 2020, the helpline assisted more than 8,000 Hoosiers. State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) said nearly 53% of all callers are referred to additional mental health treatment, substance use services or crisis counseling, according to data collected by Be Well Indiana counselors.

 "The number of people assisted by this helpline is incredible, and thousands more will take advantage of this free, confidential service," Slager said. "Don't delay getting help, please pick up the phone today or go online so that you, too, can get the help you need."   

 Family physicians and health insurance providers can also provide access to telehealth options for counseling and emotional support.

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 State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) represents House District 11,
which includes portions of Lake and Porter counties. 
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 State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) represents House District 19,
which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.
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 State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) represents House District 15,
which includes portions of Lake County.
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