Marion releases mental health resources for residents

Apr 4, 2020

MARION — The town released a short video on April 4 with mental health tips to help residents during the period of coronavirus social distancing.

The two and a half minute video featured Lieutenant Richard Nighelli, with the Marion Police Department and Town Administrator Jay McGrail.

“We just wanted to reach out and let you know we’re here to help you,” McGrail said.

“It’s really hard,” he continued. “I know for myself I’m not used to the social distancing. That’s not the type of person I am. I’m very hands on, very social person, so these are tough times.”

The two also presented a video from the Centers for Disease Control, with mental health tips which reminded people to take care of their bodies, by eating healthy meals, exercising regularly, sleeping enough and taking deep breaths, stretching or meditating.

The CDC also advises that people reach out to those they trust and be open about feelings, take breaks from news and social media, and make time for enjoyable activities.

Nighelli reminded Marion residents that the Police Department is also a resource for those who are struggling with their mental health, and that residents can call 911 or the department’s business like at 508-748-1212 to speak with someone about mental health struggles.