Heritage Reminds You to
Look for the Helpers
In the midst of all things COVID-19, we are reminded of when Mr. Fred Rogers shared, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in the world."
This is a comforting thought and it can be comforting. But here's the thing – Many of us are the helpers. We are wondering, waiting and hoping that we have enough toilet paper to make it until - well, we don’t really know. There are so many unknowns. It is important to give ourselves grace during this unusual time in our lives and remember that we are human. Events like this one can be scary and stressful. We may experience sadness, frustration or perhaps even hopelessness. And that's okay. After all, we are human. During this difficult time, please access and share these resources with others when needed (all are resources are free and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week):
Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Text an anonymous crisis counselor: 741741
Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+): 1-866-488-7386
Trevor Project Text Line: 678678
We also have crisis workers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may reach them by calling (217) 362-6262 (dial 1 for a crisis worker).