MHASF Executive Director, Mark Salazar
March 09, 2020
California Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)
Non-Judgmental Emotional Mental Health Peer Support
On Wednesday, March 04, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus/COVID-19. Many of us will react differently to this situation so be mindful and aware of your mental health. It is likely that the emergency declaration over the coronavirus/COVID-19 has left many of us with increased levels of stress, anxiety, worry, and fear.
We at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) want to inform everyone that immediate, free non-emergency emotional support is available to anyone in the state via telephone or instant messaging through the California Peer-Run Warm Line.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line expanded its services state-wide in October of 2019. We are a toll-free service and operate 24/7 and can be reached at:
Toll-Free Number: 1-855-845-7415
Web Chat: https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/
As the CA Peer Run Warm Line is staffed 24/7 by trained Peers with specialized training in supporting mental health challenges, we are already seeing a number of callers with concerns surrounding the virus and associated news reports.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line is a highly accessible, low-threshold mental health resource that people can use to seek support before they've reached the crisis point, in the hope that support now will prevent crisis later. We are also able to help link you to local emergency, mental health, or social services. All calls are free and confidential.
For further information about MHASF and the California Peer-Run Warm Line visit https://www.mentalhealthsf.org/peer-run-warmline/
MHASF is a peer-led social justice community dedicated to progressive mental health issues for the past 70 years. MHASF fights stigma and discrimination through peer-led services and programs that help shape policy, perception, and ultimately people. MHASF’s continuum of peer support serves individuals in one-to-one and group settings in person, over the phone, mobile app, and web (video/chat).