joyce 02192020CM0720rPARK FOREST – Because the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Illinois, Governor Pritzker issued an extension of the Stay at Home Order until the end of April. With many people suffering from stress and anxiety due to COVID-19, financial challenges, and social isolation, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) wants to share resources with the community on how to manage their mental health while staying safe.

“Maintaining good mental health is vital during these trying times,” Joyce said. “Please know that you are not alone and there are resources available to help.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a Will/Grundy County hotline that also serves Kankakee County at (815)-731-9103 and a textline for support. Text NAMI to 741741 for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.


Senator Joyce encourages residents to take simple steps to care for themselves, such as:​

  •     Connect with friends and family online,
  •     Keep regular work hours while at home,
  •     Prepare healthy meals,
  •     Exercise regularly, and
  •     Stay up to date with accurate information.

While Senator Joyce’s office is closed during the Stay at Home Order, staff can be reached at (708) 756-0882 to assist with any state services. More resources for COVID-19 can be found at