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Notifying Employees of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources
Given recent tragic events, restaurants and other hospitality employers are encouraged to inform their employees of the resources available to them if they or their colleagues or family members are experiencing mental health issues and/or having thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Initially, employers should advise their employees to review the benefits and resources available to them through their employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Many plans offer employee assistance programs that address mental health and substance misuse issues, including suicide prevention and crisis counseling. Employers also should inform their employees of the following resources:
- NYC Well – a service offered by the City of New York that provides free and confidential mental health support, including suicide prevention and counseling regarding stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol misuse issues. Employees can seek assistance by calling (1-888-NYC-WELL), texting (text “WELL” to 65173), or chatting online (https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/get-help-now/chat-with-a-counselor-now/) at any time of the day and in virtually any language. Further information about NYC Well is available at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress as well as prevention and crisis resources. Services are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255 or chatting online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/. Further information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline – a national hotline dedicated to providing immediate and confidential crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Services are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746. Further information about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its Disaster Distress Helpline is available at https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.
The New York City Hospitality Alliance takes mental health issues very seriously and implores its members and their employees to seek assistance when needed. Most recently, The Alliance conducted a panel discussion regarding how the hospitality industry can offer support to employees who require assistance with mental health and substance abuse at its Harassment, Health & Supporting Employees Seminar on May 1, 2018. The Alliance will continue to host events and provide resources to its members regarding this important topic.