During these unprecedented times, statistics show that COVID-19 has greatly affected the people of color, the most. Just when we were ready to open, contingent on Illinois Governor, J. B. Pritzker’s order to reopen, the unrest and violence unfolded in wake of George Floyd’s death. Consequently, this has added fuel to the already existing emotional, mental ill-health and stress of people especially the elderly community.
We are glad to inform the older community need not despair since there is help from the emotional support services mentioned below.
- The Warm Line is a team of Wellness Support Specialists who have experienced mental health and/or substance use recovery in their own lives. The Warm Line is a source of support – if you just need to talk. Call 1-866-359-7593 M-F 8am5pm. Main menu; select option 2.
- Call4Calm – Mental Health Support Hotline. The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge, emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
- Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, they will receive a call from a counselor within 24 hours.
IDoA has also published resources to help connect older and disabled Illinoisans with family and loved ones to prevent distress and feelings of social isolation. Those resources can be found on the IDoA website IDoA website https://www2.illinois.gov/aging