COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – To share new resources available for individuals experiencing emotional distress during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is highlighting the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) new free emotional support text line Call4Calm.

“Life for most residents has changed dramatically over the last few weeks, so if you are feeling down, anxious or overwhelmed during this time, please know that you are not alone and there are free resources to help,” said Stuart. “The COVID-19 outbreak is causing a large amount of added stress for many families in the Metro East, so there is absolutely no shame in seeking help, especially during this difficult time.”

Stuart is highlighting the IDHS Mental Health Division’s new free-of-charge emotional support text line Call4Calm. Residents experiencing stress or mental health issues related to COVID-19 can text “TALK” to 552020 to be connected with a mental health professional.

“Many residents are feeling anxious, since the governor’s stay at home order was extended and there is so much uncertainty about the future,” continued Stuart. “I encourage residents that are feeling down or experiencing other mental health issues to take advantage of Call4Calm.”

Rep. Katie StuartRep. Katie Stuart

112th District
Springfield Office:
253-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8018
District Office:
2105 Vandalia St.
Unit #16
Collinsville, IL 62234

Phone: (618) 365-6650