ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In response to the increased number of residents facing mental health challenges due to the many difficulties experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is fighting to pass legislation improving mental health resources for Illinoisans.
“While we have put an enormous amount of effort into combatting the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, it is important that we are not neglecting the mental health impact that the economic difficulties, stress and isolation have caused residents,” said Manley. “Ensuring there are ample ways for residents to improve and maintain their mental health is a critical piece of working toward a healthier Illinois.”
During the past legislative session, Manley made it a priority to expand mental health care. She co-sponsored legislation that requires mental health services be covered by every health insurance provider in Illinois, ensuring residents are able to get the care they need. Manley also helped pass a bill that gives students up to five excused mental health days per school year.
Residents looking for mental health resources should visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/. If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
“It is important that we are not allowing anyone to have to struggle with mental health issues alone,” said Manley. “While we have greatly expanded access to mental health care over the past year, there is still more work that needs to be done for everyone to have the support they deserve, and I look forward to continuing to work in Springfield to pass legislation ensuring residents are having their mental health needs met.”