Tennessee mental health support line adds texting capability

April 6, 2021 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee phone line that offers callers mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic has added an option to talk via text messaging.

The state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says the Emotional Support Line for Pandemic Stress now lets people call or text the line at 888-642-7886 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time daily.

The line is set up for health care workers, first responders and all Tennesseans working in education to talk with mental health professionals about their work-related stress, anxiety, sadness or depression.

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The line was created in May 2020.