INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– With Indiana health officials saying its “Be Well crisis helpline” has received more than 6,000 calls since the service launched in July, the state is providing resources for those struggling with their mental health.
This free service was started to support Hoosiers’ mental health during the pandemic. In April, Indiana launched “Be Well Indiana” website, which is an online clearinghouse for mental health services. One of the features of this site is a self-assessment.
According to Rethink Mental Health Incorporated approximately one in five adults in the United States experience metal illness in a given year and nearly 40 percent don’t seek treatment. The Indiana state government wants Hoosiers to know there is help available.
“57 percent had not been previously diagnosed with a mental health condition and were not receiving any treatment at the time of their self-assessment but for more than three quarters of those taking the self-assessments, there was a confirmation of a mental health diagnosis,” said Jennifer Sullivan, secretary for Indiana Family and Social Services.
Be Well Indiana has a variety of resources related to mental health and wellness including substance abuse and recovery and support for those struggling with the pandemic.
“Disruption to our daily lives continues with recurrent needs for quarantine and isolation changes to school and work schedules,” said Sullivan. “Unexpected illness of friends and family and disruption to our social support. These will be ongoing until our collective actions and vaccines help us get things under control.”
And with the start of a new year and COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box is offering Hoosiers a message of hope.
“I know many Hoosiers are going into 2021 without the hope or excitement often associated with our new year,” said Box. “There’s no doubt that we can carry many of the burdens of 2020 into the next year. I want to remind you all that there is hope and we are excited to see the things changing.”
Dr. Sullivan says 25,000 assessments have been completed since April of 2020 with over half of those being from people under the age of 25.