As many Oklahomans grapple with many circumstances due to the pandemic and other challenges, state leaders unite in one voice to encourage their constituents to take advantage of mental health services available to them.
“As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic and watch what is happening across our country and abroad, all of it can become overwhelming and affect our daily lives,” said state Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City. “It is important to remember there are resources available in our time of need or when we are helping a loved one experiencing a difficult time. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and we should take care of both, especially during challenging times whether we are directly harmed or not.”
The public is encouraged to utilize the following services:
- Family & Children’s Services COPES (Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services): A free and confidential 24/7 telephone crisis line and mobile crisis service, provides emotional support children and adults in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The COPES team works with family members, friends, schools, law enforcement and other professionals to ensure safe resolutions and intervention plans are put in place. F&CS COPES is a local provider for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Phone: 918.744.4800.
- 211 Eastern Oklahoma: A 24/7 free service that is available to Eastern Oklahomans through a direct phone call, live chat or online search. Phone: 2-1-1 for assistance.
- Veterans Crisis Line: A free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Phone: 1.800.273.8255, Press 1. Text: 838255.