Mental Health Resources for Coronavirus/COVID-19
The Indiana State Department of Health has provided Hoosiers with information about how to access mental health resources while we are in the stay-at-home order. https://coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19_MentalHealth_03.31.20.pdf
Call 211 if you are experiencing a mental health emergency. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. If you have insurance that covers mental health, reach out. Many insurance providers have tele-health services available that you can take advantage of from your own comfy couch.
IN.gov has specific recommendations for dealing with the current crisis:
- Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare and protect yourself and loved ones. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts. Gather information at regular intervals from official websites and local health authorities’ platforms to help you distinguish facts from rumors.
- Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.
- Find opportunities to amplify the voices, positive stories and positive images of local people who have experienced COVID-19 and have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery and are willing to share their experience.
- Honor caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19 in your community. Acknowledge the role they play to save lives and keep your loved ones safe.
This link also provides advice for caretakers of children, patients, and vulnerable populations so that they can find self-care strategies.
Additional information and resources for COVID-19 are available at the links below.
-CDC COVID-19 webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
-ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus.in.gov
-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands, and be well!
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