Indiana launches mental health website

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the launching of a new website designed to provide Indiana residents with free mental health resources needed during the COVID pandemic.

The website, BeWellIndiana.org, will provide resources vetted by experts to help the state’s residents deal with increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns caused by the pandemic, as well as helping them deal with pre-existing mental health issues.

The resource will continue to evolve as more needs are identified, Holcomb said.

“It is imperative that we recognize how our mental health is affected by this pandemic,” Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said. “I am proud of the public/private collaboration and expertise from so many of our partners captured in this single resource. BeWellIndiana.org is a reflection of the care and concern our fellow Hoosiers have for one another.”

Resources include coping mechanisms, crisis counseling, how to monitor yourself for signs of stress, tips for helping children, youth and teens, domestic violence resources, and help with substance use disorder and recovery. The site will also provide state residents with videos featuring a wide array of medical experts, practitioners, and patients that address specific mental health topics.

The site also has a link to self-assessments through Mental Health America for any state resident who may be experiencing symptoms of increased anxiety, mood swings, loss of sleep, changes in sleep patterns, or uncertainty. The simple assessment provides the user with an immediate picture of their mental health and whether or not they could benefit from mental health support.

The site also provides information for families and individuals on how to cope during this time, including information on homeschooling, working from home, filing for unemployment, help with insurance claims and resources for food insecurity.

Officials with Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration said the best way to cope with the crisis is to stay informed and take care of yourself and others as much as possible.

“We are proud to connect Hoosiers with the mental health resources to help them be well and stay well,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA secretary. “We acknowledge how the fear and anxiety about the coronavirus can be overwhelming and trigger strong emotions and reactions in adults and children. Our hope is to help Hoosiers cope with that stress so that they can be better for themselves, their families, and their community.”

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