With drastic changes to the way Ohioans live day-to-day due to the COVID-19 pandemic—from business closures to unemployment to the isolation social distancing can create—it’s important to focus not only on your physical health, but also your mental health.
Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Director Lori Criss reminded Ohioans Saturday that behavioral healthcare is open and available for Ohioans in need.
Those with mental health challenges or addiction challenges are encouraged to keep their appointments or if worried about going in for their appointment to see if telehealth appointments or video appointments are a possibility with your provider.
Ohioans who do not already have a provider and may be experiencing mental health concerns or addiction concerns for the first time are also encouraged to reach out for help. Providers are still taking new patients, according to Criss.
“Mental healthcare is healthcare. The brain is part of the body,” Criss said.
Resources have been compiled by the state to help those who face mental health and/or addiction challenges so they are able to stay home while still receiving the care they need.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The PEER Center Warm Line
(614) 358-TALK (8255), 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 (1-800-846-8517 TTY)
Ohio Crisis Text Line
Text the keyword “4HOPE” to 741 741
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services help line
1-877-275-6364 (to find resources in your community)
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services COVID-19 resources: Click here.
To learn more about resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.
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