May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you currently see a mental health care provider or visit a health care office for services, you can now see your provider remotely via tele-video or teleconference. Community Mental Health Centers in Arkansas have changed their services temporarily to accommodate tele-video and telephone patient care needs.

If you feel the need to speak with someone, even for other concerns that are not COVID-19 related, the Arkansas Lifeline Call Center can direct you to the location nearest to you. You can visit with local centers remotely during this health emergency and in-person once it is safe to do so.

The Arkansas Lifeline Call Center (1-800-273-8255) is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

The call center you will reach is located at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Call center technicians answer calls on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will route your call to local Arkansas resource providers.

Anxiety and fear about the COVID-19 pandemic or any life challenge can be extremely overwhelming to adults as well as children. Studies show that children and young people will react based on how they observe adults or leaders reacting around them. When adults react confidently and calmly, they provide the strongest support for those that look to them for leadership.

I encourage you to seek help if you need to and also to follow these tips for relieving stress recommended by the CDC: take some time to unplug; eat healthy and exercise regularly; take time to relax; try to participate in activities you enjoy but allow you to remain safe.

Please try not to develop a false sense of security, because the COVID-19 threat still exists. While you are social distancing you can remain connected to others through technology if that is an option for you. If digital conferencing is not an option, still try to continue to call and communicate with friends and family daily.

Continued connection to others will make this time easier for us all.

In other community news, the Arkansas Department of Health provides specific numbers and directives for local communities regarding COVID-19. Visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov then click “diseases & conditions” then click COVID-19. If you do not have access to the internet, call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-803-7847.

As of Friday, May 15 Desha County had 18 confirmed cases (an increase of 3), Chicot County had 10, and Ashley County had 18 (an increase of 1).

You can also find other information at this site such as, instructions for testing, risk factors, guidance for various professionals who are still working during the pandemic, and more.

Finally, I like to share informative items that constituents might find useful. If you have questions about any legislation or the legislative process, feel free to contact me at my House of Representatives email at don.glover@arkansashouse.org or by phone at 501-682-6211. Follow me on Facebook @GloverForAR.

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