03272019CM0373 1GLENVIEW – To help Illinoisans manage their mental health from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is sharing resources she hopes will offer support to those struggling.

“We talk a lot about hand washing, social distancing and other measures to protect physical health during this pandemic, but what about mental health?” said Fine. “We’re all experiencing added stress during this time. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, I urge you to reach out.”

The North Suburban Cook County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness offers specialized resources for individuals who may need assistance. Residents are encouraged to call 847-716-2252 learn about local support groups and programs available during the COVID-19 crisis.

Senator Fine also encourages residents to take simple steps to care for themselves, such as:

  • Connecting with friends and family online,
  • Keeping regular work hours and routines while at home,
  • Preparing healthy meals,
  • Exercising regularly, and
  • Staying up to date with accurate information.

“It’s important to continue to respect social distancing guidelines, but that doesn’t mean we have to be isolated,” said Fine. “Maintaining strong relationships with your friends and loved ones will help us all get through this challenging time.”

Fine’s office is closed during the Stay at Home Order, but her staff is continuing to work remotely to respond to calls and emails. She encourages those with questions and concerns to reach out by calling 847-998-1717 or visiting senatorfine.com/contact.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Text Line counselor. Both resources are available 24/7.

More information about COVID-19 can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov.