OPHS reminds residents of mental health resources during COVID-19 Pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS – While social distancing standards remain in effect, residents are spending more time away from family, friends, and neighbors. The Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) is encouraging residents to take extra care of their mental health during this stressful and uncertain time, and utilize one of the many tools available to virtually check in on the health of those around them. The City’s public safety and public health professionals continue working to assist residents in crisis and connect them with community resources.
OPHS encourages residents to practice habits that promote emotional well-being such as eating and sleeping well, staying active, spending virtual time with friends and loved ones, and taking time to relax.
It’s also important to check in with those around you. Residents can learn the “Five Signs” to help identify when someone may be in emotional pain:

  • Personality change
  • Agitation
  • Acting withdrawn
  • Practicing poor self-care
  • Expressing hopelessness

Residents who are struggling, or who know someone struggling, can access these resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-TALK (8255)
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-TALK (8255), press 1
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Call Connect2Help 2-1-1 or visit connect2help211.org for connections to non-emergency mental health and counseling resources

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