COVID-19: Local Mental Health Services Available

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Macon County Mental Health Board encourages individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges to seek assistance. For those who are already linked to a mental health provider and are experiencing increased symptoms, call your provider. For individuals not currently receiving mental health services, call the Heritage Behavioral Health Center crisis line at 217.362.6262 and ask to speak with a crisis worker. Anyone experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts should call the HBHC crisis line or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255).

The Macon County Mental Health Board encourages everyone to take care of themselves – both physically and emotionally – and to help others who may be struggling with the current situation. While it’s normal to experience fear and anxiety regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, excessive fear, anxiety, and panic can be debilitating. The Board encourages all to be supportive and understanding of the concerns expressed by others, even if you’re not personally worried. If you sense someone isn’t coping and may be experiencing excessive fear, anxiety, depression, or thoughts of self-harm, encourage them to seek assistance. The Macon County Mental Health Board provides funding to local agencies and schools for mental health services, as well as providing housing for individuals with mental health or developmental disabilities. For additional information, contact the Macon County Mental Health Board at 217.423.6199.