As the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., people are naturally stressed out and full of questions.
Am I going to get sick? What about my family?
Will I lose my job? How will I pay my bills?
How long will this last? Is there any real hope that we'll beat this?
At times like these, many people will choose to hurt themselves or the people around them.
One Republican lawmaker is so determined to make sure people don't feel overwhelmed and harm themselves or others that he decided to share his cellphone number for anyone who wants to talk.
Who is this guy?
U.S. House Rep. Tim Burchett from Tennessee posted a video Monday to Twitter and urged Americans to open up about their stress during the COVID-19 chaos.
Burchett said that his community had seen nine people take their own lives, so he wants people to feel free to talk to him to unburden themselves.
"I know everybody's under a lot of pressure right now with what's going on with the coronavirus," the congressman began. "If you're feeling all that pressure, it's getting to you — you know, the last little bit here we've had nine people in our community taking their life; that's a horrible, horrible thing, somebody taking their own life."
Sometimes all people are needing is someone to listen, so Burchett made it clear that that's what he's there for.
"But if you feel like you're going to hurt yourself or maybe hurt somebody around you, why don't y'all just call me, let's talk. 865-978-1822," he said, adding, "And if I can't help you, I'll get you to somebody who can."
And the offer is not just to his 2nd Congressional District.
"If you just want to just talk about what's going on around you — I don't even need to know your name; you don't even have to live in my congressional district — please, I'd appreciate that call," Burchett said.
He concluded with encouragement for all: "Together we're going to get through this, folks. Just hang in there."
(H/T: New York Post)