A phone line dedicated to discussing mental health has been established by a Tampa-based non-profit.
Several Tampa Bay hospitals and community organizations have formed a new collaboration to assist with mental health. The phone line ‘Let’s Talk’ is the connection to free, confidential mental health advice. Speak with a counselor by phone and obtain access to mental health and substance use services anytime, day or night, seven days a week. There are people who can assist you with whatever you’re going through.
The Purpose of ‘Lets Talk’
The phone line is to provide a safe and confidential space for people to talk about whatever is on their minds, without judgment or stigma. The counselors can also provide referrals to mental health and social services in the community.
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please encourage them to call ‘Let’s Talk’ at (844)968-6529.
“The process of finding help and waiting for your first appointment can be an overwhelming process,” said Tampa Bay Thrives CEO Carrie Zeisse in a news release. “We are grateful for the vision and commitment of our community leaders who have come together to add additional access points for mental health support.”
According to Mental Health America, a member of the Tampa Bay Thrives coalition, demand for help in Florida is on the rise. They claim that Florida places 49th in terms of mental health care accessibility in the United States.
What is Tampa Bay Thrives?
Tampa Bay Thrives is a nonprofit organization that focuses on mental health and substance use challenges in the Tampa Bay region by initially concentrating on these areas:
- Navigation: Navigation tools have been made available to assist those in need find the appropriate care.
- Access: Individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, or substance use disorders will be able to access behavioral health short-term counseling as a “first stop.”
- Awareness: Bringing an end to the stigma associated with mental health treatment.
Take a moment to check in on your mental health
If you are unsure if you are struggling with your mental health, please take this free and confidential mental health screening test at https://tampabaythrives.org/take-a-mental-health-test/