(STATEHOUSE) – Many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic, according to State Reps. Chris May (R-Bedford) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem).
“We’re seeing a surge in need whether it’s food for struggling families or mental health resources,” May said. “The state and numerous organizations are working to provide emotional support for those who are struggling. No one is alone in this crisis.”
May 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 Davisson, a member of the House Public Health Committee, 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.
Davisson 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.
“These services are proven to be very helpful,” Davisson said. “The free resources are equipped with trained recovery coaches, and Hoosiers feeling distressed should reach out.”
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.