On a normal day, people struggle with mental health issues. During a pandemic where individuals need to quarantine more often, the issues intensify. They quickly turn to substance abuse, mental and physical abuse, suicidal thoughts, etc. Currently, people are experiencing higher rates of anxiety, depression, and loneliness leading many individuals to use the above coping mechanisms. There is help available! We will be adding resources to our website that can assist with these issues. Please ask for help! YOU MATTER!

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6932a1.htm

We understand that COVID-19 and social distancing can be very isolating and stressful for people living with or in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders, as well as caregivers and family members of individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Here are some resources to learn, connect, and cope with COVID-19 related stress and other stresses.
Live Support – These are real-time (not recorded) support groups that may be led by peers or professionals.
1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Phone Meetings: aaphonemeetings.org/
2. National Suicide Lifeline (800)-273-8255 or chat online at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
3. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free:800-799-7233
4. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 800-656-HOPE
Phone Applications (Apps)
Use your iPhone (using the App Store) or Android Smartphone (using Google Play Store) to help your mind and body wellness for a healthier, happier life and get the most out of your day.
– Calm
– Headspace
– Breathe2Relax
– Mindshift CBT
– Woebot
– Stop, Breathe, and Think
– PTSD Coach
– Sober Grid
– AA Big Book Free – For Alcoholics Anonymous
Also, local resources are available through Human Support Services in Waterloo & Columbia by calling 618-939-4444. Or visit HSS1.org.
The Coalition will continue to post additional resources in the days to come. Stay home. Stay Safe.

Additional Resources:

https://alcoholicsanonymous.com/aa-meetings/illinois/

https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/

Domestic Violence Crisis Counseling available in Monroe County