GURNEE, Ill. – Following Gov. Pritzker’s issuance of a statewide shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of COVID-19, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is recognizing the emotional challenges that staying at home poses to residents, and highlighting ways to care for your mental health.

“While taking care of your physical health is important during these times of uncertainty, taking care of your mental health is tantamount,” Mason said. “Scheduling daily phone calls with friends and family outside of your immediate home and practicing self-care are just a few ways you can feel less isolated and manage anxiety during this pandemic.”

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, Mason is encouraging residents working from home to maintain as much normalcy as possible by sticking to designated work times and scheduling regular breaks, meals and exercise. Mason also recommends finding trustworthy health information from sources such as the Center for Disease Control or the Lake County Health Department, while limiting excess exposure to the news and social media. Mental health providers will remain open for the duration of the stay-at-home order for anyone seeking professional help.

Mason is also highlighting critical resources for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence or quarantined with an abusive partner. The National Domestic Violence Hotline recommends creating a safety plan that takes into account travel restrictions and limited shelter options. More information is available in English and Spanish at or by contacting Mason’s constituent service office at

“For people experiencing intimate partner violence, staying at home may very well be their worst nightmare,” Mason said. “We need to make every effort to protect the safety and well-being of survivors, and I intend to keep that conversation alive, regardless of circumstances.”

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