As Americans continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health of Americans has been a grave concern for state governments.
In response, this week, the Florida Association of Managing Entities is set to highlight mental health services during September, which is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Currently, “one-fourth of young adults” have considered suicide. In response, if you find yourself considering suicide during these stressful times, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
As well, you can text “Hello” to 741741, and you will immediately be connected with a crisis counselor.
In a recent survey that was conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “25% of respondents ages 18 to 24 had seriously considered suicide during the past month, making it more important than ever that Floridians be aware of mental health services available to them.”
In a statement, Natalie K. Kelly, the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Association of Managing Entities, commented that “since the start of COVID-19, we have seen continued requests for mental health and substance abuse services from Floridians.” Moreover, “because of the obstacles preventing them from seeing many of their patients. In person right now, providers are committed to meeting Floridians’ mental health care needs however it takes – including by telehealth and telephone.”
In addition, the Managing Entities System provides “wraparound services” regarding housing, transportation and employment concerns.