Experts: Anxiety and depression are on the rise

Published: May. 20, 2020 at 11:47 AM EDT
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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be feeling heightened emotions.

According to experts, cases of anxiety and depression are on the rise, and they want you to know, you're not alone.

There are several hotlines you can call for help, free of charge.

Mental health providers with the Monroe Community Mental Health Authority in Michigan say they typically help out 1,500 people at any given time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they estimate the volume of calls has increased roughly 20-30%.

No matter where you live, if you're stressed, anxious, depressed, or have any mental health concerns, you can contact mental health professionals in Monroe at 1-800-886-7340 or log onto the website using the organization's access code.

“We still want to be the point of contact, no matter what kind of insurance you have," explained Lisa Jennings, Executive Director of the MCMHA. "Call us if you have any questions, anything related to COVID, mental health, and if we are not your provider, we will get you connected to the right person.”

The number to call: 1-888-535-6136.

That's a direct line to talk to someone at the Michigan Stay Well Counseling Hotline.

You can also access the interactive website through the link on this page. Use the access code: MCMHACommunity to sign in.

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