(Washington, DC) On Friday, May 13, at 11 am, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will highlight the District’s Mental Health Hotline (1(888) 793-4357 or 1(888) 7WE-HELP) and bring further public awareness to the range of mental health support services available to residents.
The Mental Health Hotline was created to provide counseling and support to residents experiencing increased anxiety and stress due to COVID-19, and it has expanded to offer guidance to address life’s day-to-day stressors and link residents to mental health specialists for individualized support.
Since the start of the pandemic, Mayor Bowser has invested over $40 million to support children and families, put a clinician in every public school, and expand emergency crisis support, including increased training for Metropolitan Police Department officers to support people they encounter with mental health needs. Funds also target support for the most vulnerable residents to increase access to telehealth services, housing vouchers, and a new sobering center for residents who also face drug or alcohol addiction.
Friday, May 13, at 11 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Dr. Barbara J. Bazron, Director, DC Department of Behavioral Health
Hillcrest Children & Family Center
3029 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE
*Closest Metro Station: Congress Heights Metro Station*
*Closest Bikeshare Station: Alabama & Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue*
Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected].
The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of the media avail. To view event online visit mayor.dc.gov/live, tune in on Channel 16 (DCN) or any of the social media platforms below.
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