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New York State COVID Emotional Support Helpline launches

The coronavirus pandemic has created a stressful and anxiety-provoking situation, but Putnam County officials say support is available.

A New York State COVID Emotional Support Helpline has been launched with more than 10,000 volunteer therapists.  The Helpline can be accessed by calling 844-863-9314 between 8am and 10pm, 7 days a week. The phone line is staffed with specially trained volunteer professionals who are there to listen, support and refer if needed.

For individuals in crisis, the Putnam County Crisis Hotline is also open 24 hours a day, 7 days each week and can be reached at 845-225-1222.  Putnam County Commissioner of Social Services and Mental Health Michael Piazza says maintaining daily routines and self-care practices such as eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise are all important ways to alleviate stress and anxiety.

Mental health providers are also using video platforms and online meeting software to stay connected with clients.

The National Suicide Prevention Talkline continues at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24/7, with special supports for Veterans by pressing 1 after dialing. 

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