Hello Brothers and Sisters,
During this time of National Emergency, many of us are forced to shelter at home. We can no longer spend time with family and friends or visit loved ones. Many of you may have been laid off and forced to collect unemployment, putting additional strain on your family income. Pressures like these can bring out problems that we never thought we would face.
We are now forced to social distance, wash our hands, wear masks and gloves to protect our health. But our physical health is just one part of this. We must also take care of our mental health.
1 in 5 people in this country suffer from some form of mental health issues; and for some of us, this may be the first time we have had to deal with them. Issues can come in many forms from stress and depression, to alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence.
That is why I wanted to share the numbers of mental health and abuse hotlines with everyone. In the event that you, or someone you love, may be struggling with this or any other issue, these are valuable resources that can offer assistance, often free of charge.
- National Alliance on Mental Health (Massachusetts) 1-800-370-9085
(Rhode Island) 1-800-273-8255
- National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
- Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- Alcohol Abuse Hotline 1-866-684-6303
- Drug Abuse National Hotline 1-800-999-9999
I hope this is a helpful resource, and that if you, or someone you love, is in need of help that you take advantage of this. There is no shame in asking for help. We all need it from time to time; but sometimes all you need to do is ask. I want everyone to know that we are here for you and you don’t have to go through this alone.
If you are dealing with this or any other problem, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your union representative for help. They will put you in contact and help get you the resources you need.
Please stay safe and healthy.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
UFCW Local 328