Support Is Key When It Comes to Mental Health and Addiction

Support is Key When It Comes to Mental Health and Addiction

For those suffering with addiction and mental health issues, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to get the support they need. But, there are resources available to those looking to communicate their problems.

“I just think it’s important that we reach out to people,” says Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

“One thing we’re noticing is the lack of 12-step groups,” says Piccirilli. “We’re encouraging people to maybe meet at the park or meeting for coffee outside. I know people who are new to recovery, they really need that support.”

Telehealth and support groups meeting on social media and Zoom are having a positive impact on the situation. “I think we’re doing the best we can,” says Piccirilli.

He also discusses other resources available to the public like the text line, warm line, hot line and the new heroes line. “That’s a place for first responders to call or first responders’ families to call.”

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