Metro Creative Connection Michele Anuszkiewicz, director of Livingston County Mental Health and Community Services, says “Many people are struggling with feelings of isolation, fear and hopelessness as a result of the pandemic."

Mental and behavioral health resources listed for Livingston County

GENESEO — Trends show that there has been a significant uptick in depression and anxiety since the COVID-19 crisis began, according to Michele Anuszkiewicz, director of Livingston County Mental Health and Community Services.

More people are also seeking comfort in drugs, alcohol and gambling; and thoughts of suicide are on the rise, she said.

“Many people are struggling with feelings of isolation, fear and hopelessness as a result of the pandemic,” Anuszkiewicz said.

Here are some local resources for these challenging times:

Local resources include:

211/Lifeline – Provides crisis support and information on local resources 24 hours a day. Dial 211 or 1-800-310-1160; Website: https://211lifeline.org/

Livingston County Behavioral Health Resource Line – Provides information about various behavioral health providers in the area. Call (585) 243-7251 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Noyes Mental Health and Wellness Services – Outpatient mental health services for all ages are provided as part of Noyes Memorial Hospital. Call (585) 335-4316; Website: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/noyes/healthcare-services/mental-health.aspx

Livingston County Mental Health Clinic – The Livingston County Mental Health Clinic provides outpatient mental health services to all age groups. Call (585) 243-7250; Website: https://www.livingstoncounty.us/152/Mental-Health-Community-Services

Peer Support – Addiction help is available through Peer Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (607) 378-7479 and leaving a message. A peer will return the call within 2 hours.

CASA-Trinity – A community-based treatment center for chemically dependent individuals and their families, providing outpatient and specialized treatment programs. Call (585) 991-5012; Website: https://casa-trinity.org/

National and state resources include:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline – TA 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4889; En Español 1-888-628-9454; Text TALK to 741741; Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service. Provides 24-hour, toll-free confidential treatment referral and information about mental and substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357); TTY: 1-800-487-4889; Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

1-877-8-HOPENY – New York-based, 24-hour counseling hotline for anyone seeking help with alcoholism, gambling, and drug abuse. All calls are toll-free, anonymous, and confidential. Website: https://oasas.ny.gov/hopeline

Crisis Text Line – Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information. To further protect your privacy, these messages do not appear on a phone bill. To use, text “HELLO” to 741741; Website: https://www.crisistextline.org/

NY Project Hope – New York’s COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline helps residents manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19. Free, confidential, anonymous. Call 1-844-863-8314 from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. https://www.projecthope.org/

New York State Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-942-6906; Website: https://www.nyscadv.org/find-help/program-directory.html

Veterans Crisis Line – A resource available to anyone, even if you are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Call 1-800-273-8255 or text to 838255; Website: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

NY FarmNet – NY FarmNet offers personal and family consulting to agribusiness owners and employees who work directly with farmers. Call 1-800-547-FARM (3276); Website: https://www.nyfarmnet.org/

Trevor Project – The Trevor Project offers specialized emotional and crisis support to the LGBTQ+ population. Free, confidential, and anonymous. Call 1-866-488-7386 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

For more information on mental and behavioral health resources, contact Livingston County Mental Health at (585) 243-7250.

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