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By SARA ARTHURS

STAFF WRITER

Precia Stuby, executive director of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, said the county’s crisis line saw a spike in calls recently. Staff realized it was a few people who had called multiple times, indicating that those people might need more intense clinical supervision, so agency worked to connect them to this, she said.

Stuby expects that the longer the coronavirus crisis goes on, and as more people lose their jobs, mental health and addiction issues will climb.

“We are all in a trauma experience,” she said.

Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman said his staff responded to a larger-than-usual number of calls related to mental health and suicide last week.

And, while he isn’t certain that this is related to the pandemic, he expects that “down the road” as it continues, we will see more of these situations.

Heldman said domestic violence may also become an increasing concern, as family members are home with each other more.

He encouraged people to “reach out” and ask for help if they need it.

The county’s crisis hotline is 888-936-7116.

Ohio also has a crisis text line. Text “4hope” to 741741.

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