“The COVID-19 crisis is presenting many new challenges for families in our community,” said Hurley. “If you are feeling anxious, depressed or scared about the future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that you are not alone and there are many free resources available to help if you are feeling overwhelmed.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiousness, Hurley encourages you to take advantage of the following free resources that are available 24/7:
• To be connected with the closest possible crisis center in your area, text HELLO to the Crisis Text Line to 741741
• For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-TALK
• If your child is a risk to themselves or others, call the Crisis Referral Entry Services (CARES) line at 1-800-345-9049
“During this incredibly difficult time when we are facing so much uncertainty, it is critical that we prioritize taking care of ourselves, including our mental health,” continued Hurley. “It is okay to take a break from the news, read a book, go for a walk outside while still maintaining social distancing or any other activity that brings you joy, and if you are in need of help please take advantage of the free mental health resources available.”
For more information, reach out to Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.