“Throughout this pandemic, we have to keep an eye not only on those at risk for contracting coronavirus, but also those who may be affected by social distancing and isolation.” Moylan said. “It is critical that those who need mental healthcare can get it in this time of crisis.”
Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed an executive order to expand telehealth services allowing individuals seeking mental health treatment to obtain it more easily. Anyone seeking treatment should speak with their health insurer to learn about the services available to them.
Some helpful tips for managing stress during this crisis would be to connect with others about how you are feeling, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and take breaks from social media and news coverage about the pandemic. If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health you can call the disaster distress hotline at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. For additional resources please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services Mental Health Division at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29735 or the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for coping with daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html.
“Now more than ever, many are experiencing increased stress and anxiety from the coronavirus and the protective measures that needed to be put in place.” Moylan said. “Anyone in need of mental health resources should not hesitate to inquire about them and to use them.”
Residents with concerns about COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV. To stay up to date with all new information about COVID-19, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov.
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