- Mental Health and Safety
Mental Health and Safety
It is important to take care of your physical and emotional health during this uncertain and often stressful time. Feeling anxious and stressed is normal. But there are many things we can do - even in the face of this crisis - to manage anxiety and fears.
Though we are maintaining a physical distance, we do not have to be isolated from one another. Pascal Fettig, President/CEO of Mental Health America of Boone County, suggests using technology for social interaction.
Regular phone and video chatting with close friends and family is important for mental health. Even young children can and should video chat with grandparents, friends and cousins. If you are used to mostly texting, you should not discontinue to do so, just increase your video contact when possible. It will not replace the physical contact minimized by stay home orders, but it will be a great alternative to see the people rather than just words.
Many behavioral health care centers are now offering telehealth services in addition to their regular services. Telehealth allows you to have a confidential video appointment with your provider from the comfort of your own home. Due to the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic, many insurance plans are accepting telehealth as a viable option to conduct therapy.
The following strategies from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) can help you stay informed, take action and maintain healthy social connections.
- Manage how you consume information. Watching or listening to the same news repeatedly can cause stress. Set limits on when and for how long you consume news.
- Follow healthy daily routines. Simple actions such as making your bed, connecting with friends and family, moving your body and prioritizing sleep can make a difference.
- Take care of yourself through movement. Keep movement (walking, stretching, dancing, yoga or cardiovascular exercise) part of your daily life.
- Practice relaxing in the moment. Practice mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises as a way to focus on the present moment and reduce stress.
- Do meaningful things with your free time. Take time to enjoy hobbies: read a book, create art, write, play puzzles or games, take an online course, garden, cook and more.
- Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks. Even though you cannot interact with others in-person, there are other ways to build a feeling of connection. Stay connected via phone, email, social media, text and video call.
- Find a mental health community. Find a free online support group or contact the local NAMI affiliate (NAMI Indiana) for information on programs in the area.
For residents who are struggling, or who know someone struggling, you can access these resources:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Call 2-1-1 or visit https://in211.communityos.org for connections to non-emergency mental health and counseling resources
Public safety and public health professionals within Zionsville and surrounding areas will continue to assist residents in crisis and connect them with community resources as well.
Indiana Mental Health Resources
- Be Well Indiana
- Be Well Crisis Helpline
- The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Be Well Crisis Helpline is a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7. The Be Well Crisis Helpline is accessible to Indiana residents by dialing 211.
- Zionsville Community Schools Resources
- Zionsville Community Schools Local Counseling Agencies
- The Cabin Counseling & Resource Center, Inc.
- Mental Health America of Boone County
- Integrative Wellness, LLC (InWell)
- Indiana 2-1-1
- Aspire Indiana
- Aspire has announced the Connections - Aspire Warm Line - 888-967-5842. Unlike a traditional hotline for urgent needs, the free warm line phone service is intended for people who are experiencing non-emergency distress or concerns resulting from COVID-19. Connections operates Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- KEY Warmline (in partnership with Division of Mental Health and Addiction and KEY Consumer Organization)
- Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Mental Health Considerations During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Other Mental Health Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Stress and Coping
- Mental Health America - Mental Health and COVID-19
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Mental Health and COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Caring for Children
- Child Mind Institute - Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Book Suggestions & Tips for Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
- Resources for Staying Healthy at Home
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities
- Mindfulness apps such as Calm and Headspace