TN’s emotional support line adds text message capability, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennesee’s Emotional Support Line for Pandemic Stress is adding a text message capability for people who need to reach out for help.

According to a release from the state, the line offers free and confidential mental health support for essential workers.

Tennessee healthcare workers, first responders, and all Tennesseans working in education, including educators and district and school administrators and staff, who are dealing with stress, depression and other issues related to work, can call or text the line at 888-642-7886.

Lines are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to the release.

Specially trained mental health professionals who answer calls or respond to texts can provide emotional support through active listening, help identify and address basic needs, and reference tools for managing stress and making a plan for self-care.

The line was created in May of 2020 as a resource for healthcare workers and first responders, and in December the line was expanded to offer services to any Tennessean working in education, the release said.

For more information on the Emotional Support Line for Pandemic Stress, CLICK HERE.