PLAINFIELD — Many Illinoisans have spent weeks self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak, and some are now feeling more stress and worry due to the unknown and lack of social interaction.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is sharing resources to help people manage their mental health.

“We are living in an unprecedented time where nearly everyone is feeling some type of added stress or anxiety — and that’s OK,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “If you’re struggling with your mental health, please reach out. There are services out there to help you and people who want to help.”

The Will County Chamber of the National Alliance on Mental Health offers specialized resources for individuals who may need assistance through a crisis line. The line is available 24 hours, seven days a week and can be reached at 815-722-3344. The hotline can direct you to a comprehensive suicide hotline, suicide intervention and prevention, and over-the-phone counseling.

Bertino-Tarrant also encourages residents to take simple steps to care for themselves, such as:

    • Connecting with friends and family online,

    • Keeping regular work hours while at home,

    • Preparing healthy meals,

    • Exercising regularly, and

    • Staying up to date with accurate information.

“While it’s imperative to practice social distancing, social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t still connect with friends and loved ones,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It’s important to continue to take care of yourself, stick to a routine, and do things that make you happy.”

Additionally, if you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor. Both resources are available 24/7.

Senator Bertino-Tarrant’s office can be reached at 815-254-4211 or here to assist with state services. More information about COVID-19 can also be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov.

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