Mental Health Experts Encourage Getting Help Following Storm's Impact

Daniela Doncel
August 05, 2020 - 6:30 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - With the severe impact of tropical storm Isaias in Connecticut, Hartford HealthCare and Behavioral Health officials are urging residents to reach out for help if they are struggling with mental health issues.

Behavioral Health Network President Patricia Rehmer said the storm has added a layer of complexity and stress in people's lives with the ongoing pandemic. 

"This last disaster over the last 24 hours has absolutely, I think, pushed some people to their limits." Rehmer said on Wednesday. 

With numbers of those suffering from mental health issues already increasing due to the pandemic, she encourages those in need to call Hartford HealthCare's Community Care Center Hotline.

The hotline offers resources and services to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, isolation, substance abuse and other mental health issues. It also offers assistance in other medical health needs including those concerning COVID-19.

Rehmer also encourages others to help those in need whose cultures stigmatize getting help for mental illness issues or discriminate against those with behavioral health disorders.

"If you are a neighbor, a family member, a friend of somebody of color or a Latino, it's really critical to encourage people to not be ashamed to reach out," Rehmer said.

The hotline is available 24/7 at 860-972-8100.