Behavioral Health
Article

Ohioans encouraged to use mental health resources at Governor's press conference

May 6, 2020
Read time:
Download Fact Sheets
Click here to RSVP
Subscribe to our Newsletter
By subscribing you agree to with our Privacy Policy.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Download this as a PDF

Community Solutions’ recent survey of groups across Ohio indicated that, despite the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), more than 75 percent of respondents are “very concerned” about the well-being or mental health of their clients, compared to 35 percent who are “very concerned” about themselves.

 “Your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” said Dr. Amy Acton.

In Governor Mike DeWine’s May 5 press conference, Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, indicated similar concern about the well-being—physical, mental, emotional and economic—of Ohioans.  

“Your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” she said. “A pandemic shows chinks in our armor. A lot of us are struggling.” She cited a new study by Kaiser Permanente showing a 1,000 percent increase in people reaching out for help, and expressed concern about the mental health system being able to absorb all the stress people are feeling.  

After saying that it helps to talk with someone, she encouraged Ohioans to take advantage of free mental health resources offered by the state.  

Reach out for help:

  • Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting Talk With Us to 66746.
  • Reach the Ohio Crisis Text Line* by texting keyword 4HOPE to 741 741.
  • Reach the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Help Line* at 1.877.275.6364
  • Find a provider at https://findtreatment.gov.*These functions will remain operational and staffed.  

Acton concluded, “We all need each other right now. Don’t give up hope.”  

Download Fact Sheets
No items found.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Download report

Subscribe to our newsletter

5 Things you need to know arrives on Mondays with the latest articles, events, and advocacy developments in Ohio

Explore Topics

Browse articles, research reports, fact sheets, and testimony.

Article

Our North Star values and racial equity commitment

Community Solutions Team
June 17, 2024
Article

Welcome Philip Myers!

June 10, 2024
Poverty & Safety Net
Article

My Experience with SNAP Employment & Training Requirements in Ohio

Community Solutions Team
June 10, 2024
Behavioral Health
Article

Social marketing for the 988 Lifeline to raise public awareness

Kyle Thompson
May 20, 2024