ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – To encourage residents to prioritize their mental wellness during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) new mental health helpline Call4Calm.
“The daily lives of many Illinoisans have changed dramatically over the last few weeks, so if you are feeling down, overwhelmed or anxious, please know those feelings are valid and you are not alone,” said Manley. “To help Illinoisans that are feeling added stress or experiencing mental health issues during this time, IDPH has rolled out a new, free text service to help connect residents with mental health professionals.”
Manley 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.
“We are living through a completely unprecedented situation, so it is completely understandable if you are feeling down or overwhelmed during this time, and there is no shame in seeking help,” continued Manley. “I encourage residents that are feeling extra stress or anxiousness due to the COVID-19 crisis to take advantage of the free Call4Calm service.”
For more information, please contact Manley’s constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or RepManley@gmail.com.