Memorial Behavior Health has launched a Mental Health Crisis Clinic to assist those who need help with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. The clinic is open to the public from 8:30 until 4:30 Monday through Friday for walk-ins or phone calls. Local health care providers can also call to refer their patients.
Memorial Behavioral Health has a mental health crisis intervention team which is stationed in the Emergency Department at Memorial Medical Center. The intervention team helps individuals in an outpatient setting, which reduced the number of people showing up to the Emergency Room with a non-medical emergency.
Diane Knaebe who is the system administrator for Memorial Behavioral Health says that the new clinic is like an ExpressCare for your mind.
By having a mental health clinic, Memorial Behavioral Health is trying to limit the number of people that are coming into the emergency room to help stop the spread of not only COVID but also the flu. Other services that are provided include an emotional support hotline at 217-588-5509. Those hours are from 8 AM until 8 PM Monday through Friday.
If you know of anyone who may be considering suicide or if you yourself are thinking of harming yourself, please call the suicide prevention hotline around the clock at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained professional.