AK Responder’s Relief Line

AK RESPONDERS RELIEF LINE Your well-being matters. Behavioral health colleagues are standing by to talk 24/7. 1-844-985-8275 
In May, a new support line became available for anyone who’s at risk of exposure to COVID-19 as a result of their job in a medical setting. The free, confidential call line is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

If you’re feeling anxious, having trouble sleeping, depressed, need help coping, or just want to talk to someone about your day, please call 844-985-8275 anytime.

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Who it’s for
  • First responders – including EMTs, doctors, nurses, health aids, social workers, CNAs and others working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Other hospital and facility staff – such as respiratory therapists, those working in dietary services, facilities/maintenance and admitting are also welcome to contact this new support service.
  • Immediate family members of first responders – those who may need help for a variety of behavioral health issues, and hard to label emotions, as a result of their loved one engaging on the front lines
How it helps
  • Someone to talk with about your shift, day or week
  • Immediate behavioral health support
  • Referrals to behavioral health services and supports in Alaska, available upon request
  • Referrals to practical supports, such as housing assistance, food and other items
Why it’s needed
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy strain on Alaska’s health care and emergency response systems and more importantly, the people who keep those systems running and provide care and support to Alaskans with medical needs. The pressure and stress this workforce is under, on top of significant disruptions to family support due to social distancing restrictions, can be difficult to bear and have a considerable impact their mental health. This resource is being provided to support their mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. 

Learn more about the Alaska Responder Relief Line, the services offered by the line and the needs of Alaska’s COVID-19 first responders in this webinar with Genevieve Casey, program coordinator with DHSS, and Dr. Bart Andrews, Chief Clinical Officer with Behavioral Health Response Worldwide.