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Protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus crisis
Posted at 9:26 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 09:55:44-04

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin is raising awareness of mental health challenges during the coronavirus crisis.

Sheriff Gootkin has directed the public to several mental health support options still available in Gallatin County, even as social distancing measures are being increasingly practiced.

"While physical access to available resources is getting more restrictive, several outlets remain available for support," Sheriff Gootkin said in a press release.

Anyone in need of mental health support can contact these resources in Gallatin County:

  • The Help Center — Available by phone 24/7 at 586-3333 for crisis services; they also manage an online guide to local resources (including food, housing, employment, and legal assistance) at montana211.org
  • Crisis Text Line — Available 24/7 by texting “MT” to 741-741
  • Western Montana Mental Health Center — Offering online/phone therapy from the comfort of your home; call 556-6500 to schedule
  • Acute Crisis Services are still available at Hope House (585-1130) and Bozeman Health Deaconess Emergency Department (585-1000). Individuals should call ahead to be directed on any changes to intake procedures.

Sheriff Gootkin said according to the county's community crisis responder, “the acuity of mental health issues is increasing,” and the Sheriff's Office wants people to know help is available.
"We understand people are struggling, therefore we wanted to give people the resources available in our community and, as always, you can ask for help from your Sheriff’s Office," said Sheriff Gootkin.

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