CHICAGO – To encourage residents to reflect on the importance of taking care of their mental health, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is highlighting World Mental Health Day, which is recognized on Oct. 10.
“After the difficult year we have had, we have learned that focusing on our mental health is a key component of overall health and wellness,” said Hurley. “Mental health issues do not discriminate, and can impact anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or financial status. As we recognize World Mental Health Day, I want to share information on the many mental health resources available to residents.”
Hurley is highlighting resources available to residents in need of mental health help, including the Call4Calm text line, which connects residents with local mental health services, by texting TALK to 552020. Hurley has been a continued advocate for mental health including regular hosting of her Mental Health Monday event series as well as legislation creating the First Responder Suicide Prevention Task Force.
“World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to reflect and think about the stressors in our lives and what we can do to help ourselves handle stress, like going for a walk or talking with a friend,” continued Hurley. “While dealing with mental health issues can be difficult, please remember that there are many resources available to help.”