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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources

National COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

DC Mental Health Resources

VA Mental Health Resources

MD Mental Health Resources

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Helplines

  • Boys Town: Call 1-800-448-3000 – Over 140 languages can be translated; they also provide a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) line for the speech and hearing impaired (1-800-448-1833).

  • Crisis Text Line: Connect with a Crisis Coordinator within 25 seconds on average. Communicate until you feel safe, free of charge. Text HELLO to 741741.

  • Emotional Support Helpline: This help line is staffed by professionally trained mental health experts. It is free of charge and open to anyone, 24/7. Call 1-866-342-6892.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: Call 1-800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741 for treatment and support solutions

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or text HOPE to 916-668-ICAN; Free, confidential 24/7 support

  • The Trevor Project for LGBTQ Youth: Call 1-866-488-7386 for 24/7 judgment-free support

Substance Abuse and Addiction Helplines

  • Al-Anon and Ala-teen hotline line: Counselors provide support to teens and adults who are negatively impacted by alcohol addiction and provide resources to group therapy nearby for ongoing support. Call: 800-356-9996.

  • Partnership to End Addiction: English/Spanish speaking counselors provide support and education and guide you to the best course of action. Call 855-378-4373 or text 55753.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): English/Spanish speaking counselors provide referrals to treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based services. Call: 1-800-662-4357.

  • Substance Use Disorder Helpline: A person and/or a family member may talk with a licensed recovery advocate about their concerns and needs, get a referral to a professional who can develop a personalized treatment plan and access family support resources. Call 1-855-780-5955, free of charge.

Free Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources for the Hospitality Industry

Active Minds offers resources to stay mentally healthy during this crisis time. It is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Access a free resources hub for help during the COVID-19 pandemic including stress management, community building from a distance, and tips for remote workers.

PatientsLikeMe is the world's largest personalized health network. It helps people find new treatments, connect with others with similar experiences, and take action to improve their outcomes. Free. PatientsLikeMe's mission is to improve the lives of patients through new knowledge derived from shared real-world experience and outcomes.

Psych Hub is the most comprehensive online learning platform in the world for mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention topics. With options for every audience, Psych Hub is the world's largest online platform for digital mental health education.

Sanvello is the No. 1 app for stress, anxiety, and depression. Get all of the support you need to help improve your mental health — on your terms. From self-care and peer support to working with trained coaches and therapists, Sanvello is your place to feel better. You get access to premium features for free during the COVID-19 crisis. Includes guided meditation, learning modules, community discussion and daily tips.

Teledoc’s telemedicine service’s doctors, therapists, and specialists can help you with the flu, infections, anxiety, stress, skin conditions, and provide advice on serious medical conditions. No matter what you're facing, professionals are available to you wherever you are by phone, video, or app. Unlimited, no-copay virtual mental health and medical appointments for $7 per employee, per month. This cost includes unlimited visits for the employee & entire family.

Restaurant-Focused Organizations and Communities for Mental Health Support

Chef's With Issues paved the way for the conversation of mental health in the hospitality industry.  Chefs with Issues started as an information website and has transformed into a worldwide support group for chefs and industry professionals on Facebook.  

I Got Your Back is a wellness program founded by Sacramento Chef Patrick Mulvaney and adapted to the hospitality industry. Similar to Mental Health First Aid, the I Got Your Back program is a peer-to-peer support program that helps industry professionals watch for signs of distress and provides a safe environment to talk about personal struggles.  

Serving Those Serving is an IRS recognized 501c3 charitable organization devoted to the social, mental, and physical welfare of the hospitality community.  

Restaurant-Focused Organizations and Communities for Substance Abuse Support

A Balanced Glass is a forum to connect global wine and beverage alcohol professionals to share ways to navigate a wine career while maintaining wellness. 

Ben’s Friends is a hospitality-focused substance-abuse support network. Ben’s Friends is the food and beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Join a safe environment with others who understand the unique challenges experienced by people on the front lines in restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality industries. Find a meeting near you or access phone-based meetings.

Restaurant Recovery is a non-profit 501(c3) that helps career restaurant workers find and pay for drug & alcohol treatment centers, and will help loved ones find the counseling they need (or the means to attend family programs). 

The Pin Project is a revolutionary project adapted to sober individuals. It is a simple, identifiable symbol that when worn expresses the intention to not drink. Learn to identify the pin and help spread awareness. Pins cost $15 and take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive. Proceeds go to The Pin Foundation, connecting mental health counselors with those in need.  

Additional Mental Health Resources

Grief Resources and Community Counseling

Capital Caring: They include the following hot line number on their website: 24 HOUR CARE LINE (800) 737-2508

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing: 
These resources below from the Wendt Center seemed most appropriate for your team, if you are seeking resources or an in-person community session. 

Community Trainings

When grief or trauma impact communities; first responders, religious and lay leaders, teachers, parents, and caring community members are often the first to provide support. Wendt Center workshops offer a foundation of knowledge on which to build new skills for helping someone in immediate need. So often healing takes a community, and now, communities will have access to the tools and support they need to assist those experiencing grief, loss, and/or trauma.

Please submit an online request for pricing information or to schedule a training at your agency in any of the following topics:

  • Grief
  • Trauma-informed systems
  • Traumatic grief
  • Grief in children and adolescents
  • Emotional regulation
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care

To schedule a training at your agency, submit an online request.

Crisis Response
The death of a colleague, a traumatic event at a school, violence in the neighborhood, and the death of a classmate; all can shatter one’s sense of safety and stability. Wendt Center crisis sessions are a valuable tool in restoring normalcy. These 1-2 hour small group or individual sessions provide an opportunity to put words to feelings, explore reactions, and obtain information to aid on the path towards healing.

For pricing information or to schedule a crisis response at your agency, submit an online request.

CORE is a national non-profit dedicated to serving food and beverage operations employees with children to provide financial relief when either the employee or their child faces a health crisis, injury, death, or natural disaster. CORE grants in all 50 states and in Puerto Rico. Each grant is based on need and may range from $500 to $4,000.

El sitio Web de CORE está disponible también en Español al igual, CORE cuenta con administrador de premios de habla hispana que puede comunicarse con los solicitantes de habla hispana.

Additional RAMW Resources