Georgians affected by COVID-19 are being reminded the state has an emotional support hotline.
Public health officials worry the pandemic could grow worse after the holiday season, as cases continue to rise across the country. The state’s Emotional Support Hotline aims to help residents cope with the problems brought on by the virus.
The service is free and available to Georgians who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who’ve been emotionally, physically, or financially impacted by it.
Fully funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the program first began earlier in the spring.
Officials say trained professionals are available to listen and provide resources to Georgians in need.
“We are pleased to be able to provide an additional pathway to care to our citizens who may be suffering emotional pain,” said Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
The Emotional Support Line is available daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at (866) 399-8938.