LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – During the COVID-19 crisis, state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville is highlighting mental health resources available and encouraging residents to care for their mental health.
“Tending to your mental health is just as important as your physical health. It’s completely natural in a time of crisis and uncertainty to feel anxious. Now more than ever it’s important that we pay attention to these feelings,” said Edly-Allen. “Purposely scheduling time in the day for mental health breaks and self-care is beneficial for all of us. Some residents may need to seek outside help from a professional, and there are plenty of free and confidential services available. No matter what you need to improve your mental health and cope with this crisis, I want people to know that help is out there.”
Edly-Allen encourages residents feeling overwhelmed to utilize the state’s new Call4Calm helpline. Residents may text “TALK” to 552-020 to be connected with a counselor. The service is free and completely confidential.
Additionally, residents may call the toll-free and confidential Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990. Those experiencing emotional distress can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Both services are available 24 hours a day. A list of additional resources can be found at thekennedyforumillinois.org/resources-for-your-mental-health-during-covid-19-protocols and at Find Help Lake County at https://211lakecounty.org/index.php/mental.
“Asking for help is a sign of strength. Seeking support means you’re taking action,” Edly-Allen added. “I encourage residents to reach out to me at any time at 224-206-7647 if I can help connect you with the mental health resources available in the state and here in our community.”
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