Crisis counseling text line now available to Louisiana residents

Getty Image

Louisiana residents struggling with mental issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic now have a ‘text line’ they can turn to for counseling help.

People in need can is text REACHOUT to 741741 to connect to a trained crisis counselor who will use active listening techniques to help de-stress, and identify coping strategies they can use to cope with stress, anxiety due to COVID-19.

“We know this crisis has created challenges outside of those we face with a normal emergency,” said GOHSEP Director Jim Waskom. “The issues impacting many people may linger as we transition through the different phases of recovery.  If you or anyone you know may be struggling with the COVID-19 crisis, please urge them to take advantage of this unique program offered by the state.”

“This pandemic has brought much uncertainty and it is a difficult time for each of us. This texting resource is an addition to the other resources and materials we have been providing that address anxiety, mental health and substance use challenges during this crisis. If additional help is needed a referral can be made to the appropriate behavioral health provider,” said Karen Stubbs, Assistant Secretary of Office of Behavioral Health, Louisiana Department of Health.

Text REACHOUT to 741741 or call 1-866-310-7977. These services are free, confidential and available 24/7.