Mental health resources available during pandemic

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Commentary by Jerry Torr

It is hard to believe it has been roughly six weeks since COVID-19 made its first known appearance in Indiana. Stay-at-home orders can put an extra strain on those Hoosiers who suffer from mental health issues or are victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is struggling, resources are available to help us all cope and push through this pandemic.

An easy way to find mental health resources locally is to call 2-1-1. Many health care providers are also offering Hoosiers telehealth counseling options. You can contact your doctor or health insurance provider to learn more about how you can access this option.

This unprecedented time creates a challenge for people struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Since many people are staying home, these Hoosiers may not have access to their healthy coping methods. The Indiana Addiction Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP can refer you to treatment or support groups.

It is heartbreaking to know not every Hoosier has a home that is safe. Shelters across the state have reported an increase in domestic violence since the stay-at-home order was issued. Anyone enduring domestic abuse can call the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-332-7385 or visit icadvinc.org to find nearby programs and services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends Hoosiers keep a routine, stay connected with family and friends, exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Please know if you are struggling, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You are not alone and we will weather this storm together.

State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) represents House District 39, which includes portions of Hamilton County. He is a Carmel resident.


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