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Emotional support line available during COVID-19 pandemic

People who go through the Kentucky Mental Health First Aid training program will be trained on...
People who go through the Kentucky Mental Health First Aid training program will be trained on how to identify and assist those who may have a mental illness, substance use disorder or may be experiencing a mental health crisis.(Pixabay)
Updated: Apr. 9, 2020 at 10:17 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Georgia Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has additional resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is now an emotional support line for those who may need someone to talk to. The toll-free number is operated 24/7 by trained volunteers.

Susan Gallagher with New Horizons Behavioral Health said the emotional support line will be especially helpful now that the shelter-in-place order has been extended in Georgia.

"I know people were very optimistic and looking forward to the shelter-in-place order being removed April 13, but now it's April 30 and that can do something to your spirit," said Gallagher.

Gallagher said the emotional support line will help with issues such as anxiety and stress. She said it can also help provide information on resources such as employment and food resources.

The emotional support line number is 1-866-399-8938.

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