Memorial Behavioral Health Offers
Free Community Hotline
Relief for anxiety and stress the goal of
the new hotline
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[March 19, 2020]
Illinois residents experiencing stress and anxiety related to the
COVID-19 pandemic or other issues in their lives can call a free,
emotional-support hotline operated by Memorial Behavioral Health.
The hotline, 217-588-5509, operated by
trained mental-health professionals, will operate from 8 a.m. to 8
p.m., seven days a week, for the foreseeable future.
“During this time of uncertainty, it is normal to be feeling
anxious, confused or concerned,” said Diana Knaebe, administrator of
behavioral health for Memorial Health System.
Anyone in central Illinois can call this hotline, she said.
If callers need services beyond their initial call,
they will be directed to other providers at Memorial Behavioral
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Memorial Behavioral Health is providing telehealth
and phone appointments for its patients, Knaebe said.
Other free and confidential options for people dealing with mental
health issues include the national Crisis Text Line, which can be
reached at 741741, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
(800) 273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK. Both of those services operate 24
hours a day.
[Dean Olsen | Media Relations
Consultant | Communications
Memorial Health System]