We Are Here to Help

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I HEARD YOU

We know the restaurant & bar industry. We know the exhausting hours and the heated environment. We know. you're givers, and at times, you give too much. We know self-care isn't always top of mind. WE know that substance abuse has the potential for destruction. We know that quitting is hard. We know that asking for help is sometimes harder. We know support is necessary.  

COME BE SUPPORTED. COME BE HEARD.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area anytime 24/7.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is a United States not-for-profit organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization’s services are available 24 hours a day every day, throughout the US by texting 741741 or Canada by texting 686868. It is available internationally via their Facebook page. crisistextline.org and facebook.com/crisistextline

Mental Health Resources for Restaurant People

The restaurant industry is experiencing the most challenging period it’s ever faced. Workers have been facing reduced hours and reduced pay, and many have been laid off as their restaurants close their doors, at least temporarily. 

Restaurant owners and operators have been faced with extremely difficult decisions, continually balancing the fate of their businesses and supporting their staff. The strain this crisis has put on everyone in the industry is incalculable — both on the physical and mental health fronts.

Unfortunately, many people working in the restaurant industry don’t have health insurance or wellness benefits of any kind. We spoke with an expert, Aida Manduley, a therapist based in Boston, and collected some resources for you to turn to during these times. 

Chefs With Issues Facebook Community

Need to talk with someone who gets it? There are nearly 3000 of us who are happy to listen. facebook.com/groups/chefswithissues/

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. nami.org

Fair Kitchens

#FairKitchens is a movement of chefs supporting chefs to inspire a new kitchen culture. Cooking is a language we’re fluent in, and our passion for food is what makes this industry great. To keep that flame alive, we’re proposing a kitchen culture that’s kinder and more open than the one we know.

I Got Your Back

Let’s “86” mental health stigma. In hospitality we are family. Let’s do what it takes to make that family stronger and healthier. We have your back. 

In the weeds? There's help. Call 1-800-273-8255 or TEXT HOPE to 916-668-4226 for 24/7 confidential crisis support.