Helping Hoosiers with their mental health


    May marks Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s an important time to learn more and spread the word about mental health resources that Indiana has to offer.  

    The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a 24/7 open care line for those seeking support for mental health, substance use or suicidal thoughts. By texting or calling 988, Hoosiers can talk with a trained mental health professional.  

    Another free and confidential program is the Be Well Crisis Helpline, connecting Hoosiers with resources, counseling and assessments for many mental health issues including stress, anxiety and loneliness. To reach a trained counselor, call 211 or visit  

    The National Helpline offers helpful tools and educational guidelines for identifying and addressing suicidal warning signs. They also offer referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations. To learn more about the referrals and educational tools the National Helpline offers, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or click here.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, I encourage you to reach out to one of the many resources available. It’s estimated that 400,000 Hoosiers have a mental illness that’s gone untreated. That’s why on the state level, I’ll continue to support expanding availability and access to affordable treatment and services, which is critical to helping those who are suffering.