Disclaimer

Below you will find a list of resources for you to use.  Please understand what works for one person may not work for another.  You will have to find what works best for you.  For example, if many people have had luck with traditional therapy, but you feel it may not be right for you, do not lose hope.  The most important thing is your willingness to recover.  It is not an easy task and it does not happen overnight.  We at Restaurant After Hours are here to support you on your journey.  


If you need help navigating the available resources, please do not hesitate to send us an email at contact@restaurantafterhours.org  


If you are in a crisis, please reach out to one of the available hotlines directly below.  


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Crisis Hotlines


COVID-19 Resources 

(NYC and National Government Resources, Online Recovery Meetings, and Relief Funds)


Mental Health Organizations, Resources, and Support Groups


Restaurant Focused Organizations and Communities


LGBTQIA+ and Women-Led Communities


12-Step Programs and Support Groups


Facebook, Reddit, and Online Communities

Crisis Hotlines

What is a crisis?  A crisis arises when an individual does not have the skills and resources to handle a situation.  There are no real boundaries to the term "crisis".  Topics can range from thoughts of suicide, death of a loved one, coping when choosing a new job position, adjusting to a new community, running away, relationship problems, sexual identity, domestic violence, to just having a bad day.  These hotlines and resources are set up to help you.


If you are concerned someone may be in danger, call 911.  Police officers are trained to do wellness checks.  


Crisis hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

Call (800) 273-8255

Call (888) 628-9454 for Spanish


suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Crisis Text Line (24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

Text "HOME" to 741741 (US)

Text "HOME" to 686868 (Canada)

Text "HOME" to 85258 (UK)


crisistextline.org

NYC Well (24/7)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)

National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

Call (888) NYC-WELL (682-9355)

OR Text "WELL" to 65173


NYC Well offers services in multiple languages

nycwell.cityofnewyork.us

National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

Call (800) 656-HOPE (4673)


R.A.I.N.N. Rape Abuse and Incest National Network

rainn.org

Self-Injury Hotline (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

Call (800) DONT-CUT (366-8288)


S.A.F.E. Self-Abuse Finally Ends

selfinjury.com

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)

Call (800) 799-7233


thehotline.org

Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

SAMHSA National Helpline (24/7)

 

Call (800) 273-8255 and press 1

OR Text to 838255


veteranscrisisline.net

SAMHSA National Helpline (24/7)

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

SAMHSA National Helpline (24/7)


Call (800) 662-4357


samhsa.org

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

 

Call (800) RUNAWAY (786-2929)


1800runaway.org

Rehab Assistance (24/7)

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

National Runaway Safeline (24/7)

 

Call (866) 658-3750


sobernation.com

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

 

Call (844) 349-6177


R.I.S.E. Recovery, Independence, Safety and Empowerment


riseadvocacy.org



Smoking QuitLine

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7)

 

Call (877) 44U-QUIT (8-7848)


cancer.gov

The Trevor Project (24/7)

LGBT National Youth Hotline

LGBT National Youth Hotline

Call (866) 488-7386

OR Text "START" to 678678


Aimed at LGBTQ Youth

thetrevorproject.org

LGBT National Youth Hotline

LGBT National Youth Hotline

LGBT National Youth Hotline

Call (800) 246-PRIDE (7743)

or Email help@GLBThotline.org


glbthotline.org

LGBT National Hotline

LGBT National Youth Hotline

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

Call (888) 234-SAGE (7243)

or Email help@GLBThotline.org


glbthotline.org/senior

Trans Lifeline (24/7)

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

Trans Lifeline (24/7)

Call (877) 565-8860 (US)

Call (877) 330-6366 (Canada)


translifeline.org

Hospitality Action Hotline (UK - 24/7)

Hospitality Action Hotline (UK - 24/7)

Hospitality Action Hotline (UK - 24/7)


Call 0808 802 0282


hospitalityaction.org.uk



LifeLine Australia (24/7)

Hospitality Action Hotline (UK - 24/7)

Hospitality Action Hotline (UK - 24/7)


Call 13 11 14


lifeline.org.au

Mental health organizations, resources, and support groups

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Global community of support groups, in person or online, helping participants with addiction issues.  


smartrecovery.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Information and resources regarding mental health.  Learn how to be #Stigmafree


nami.org

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)

Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Information and resources for those affected by eating disorders.


nationaleatingdisorders.org

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Provides intimate partner and sexual assault services, including child therapy.


riseadvocacy.org

Mental Health First Aid

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Brooklyn Restoration Corporation

A free public education program focusing on early identification and intervention for those struggling with mental health issues.  Offered in most US cities.  


mentalhealthfirstaid.org

Brooklyn Restoration Corporation

Recovery, Independence, Safety, and Empowerment (RISE)

Brooklyn Restoration Corporation

Provides free therapy, financial counseling, business counseling and classes, and as well as services connecting participants to Medicaid, all under one roof.


restorationplaza.org

additional mental health resources

Other

New York Government Resources

New York Government Resources

Restaurant Focused Organizations and communities

Serving Those Serving (STS)

Serving Those Serving (STS)

Serving Those Serving (STS)

Founded by former bartender, Sarah Webster Norton, Serving Those Serving is an IRS recognized 501c3 charitable organization based out of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  They are devoted to the social, mental, and physical welfare of the hospitality community.  


servingthoseserving.org

Chef's With Issues

Serving Those Serving (STS)

Serving Those Serving (STS)

Founded by food writer and journalist, Kat Kinsman, Chefs with Issues paved the way for the conversation of mental health in the hospitality industry.  Chefs with Issues started as an information website and has transformed into a worldwide support group for chefs and industry professionals on Facebook.  


chefswithissues.com

Ben's Friends

Serving Those Serving (STS)

I Got Your Back

Founded by Steve Palmer and Mickey Bakst in honor of their late friend and former chef Ben Murray, Ben's Friends is a support group for hospitality professionals dealing with addiction.  Their tagline is "AA without the God".  Their support groups are now established in ten cities across America.  


bensfriendsofhope.com

I Got Your Back

I Got Your Back

I Got Your Back

A wellness program founded by Sacramento Chef Patrick Mulvaney and adapted to the hospitality industry.  Similar to Mental Health First Aid, the I Got Your Back program is a peer-to-peer support program that helps industry professionals watch for signs of distress and provides a safe environment to talk about personal struggles.  


igotyourback.info

The Pin Project

I Got Your Back

The Pin Project

The Pin Project is a revolutionary project adapted to sober individuals.  It is a simple, identifiable symbol that when worn expresses the intention to not drink.  Learn to identify the pin and help spread awareness.  Pins cost $15 and take approximately 2-3 weeks to receive.  Proceeds go to The Pin Foundation, connecting mental health counselors with those in need.   


thep.in

Big Table

I Got Your Back

The Pin Project

Big Table provides crisis care for industry professionals that require aid with healthcare, therapy, mechanics, lawyers, and even clothing.  They currently operate in three cities on the west coast of America.  Know someone who may need some assistance?  Send them a referral letter.  


big-table.com


Facebook, Reddit, and Online Communities

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

Chefs with Issues

CulinaRecovery

Chefs in Sobriety

Industry in Recovery

Service Industry Staff for Change

Self Care for the Service Industry

Restaurant Mental Health and Self Care

Positivity in the Restaurant Industry


Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

We Do Recover

Depression and Anxiety Support

Sober Nation

Forever35 Sober

This Naked Mind Group

Sober Mommies Support Group

LGBTteetotaler

Reddit Groups

Facebook Groups (Chefs and Industry Professionals)

Website Communities (Mental Health and Sobriety)

r/stopdrinking

r/redditorsinrecovery

Website Communities (Mental Health and Sobriety)

Website Communities (Mental Health and Sobriety)

Website Communities (Mental Health and Sobriety)

Online Therapy

Website Communities (Mental Health and Sobriety)

Online Therapy

COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019)

Message about COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020 COVID-19 has affected, and is still affecting, millions of hospitality workers across the United States.  The pandemic is spreading quickly, and with updated information coming from many different angles, has left many people leaving confused, anxious, and helpless.  


If you would like information regarding what COVID-19 is and how it started, please visit the COVID-19 information tabs.


The below resources have been added to our website to help individuals navigate services that are currently available to them.  Many of these resources have been set up in the last few days, and many of them may be temporary until the pandemic is contained.  


If you need help navigating any of these resources, please send us an email at contact@restaurantafterhours.org

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) resources

NYC Services

Mental Health Resources and Online Recovery Meetings

National Services

311 - If you are feeling sick, contact 311.  NYC is currently providing care for individuals regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.  311 is also available if you are experiencing eviction and need free legal representation.


Business Assistance Loans - NYC is offering business assistance loans to small businesses that qualify for the following:

- Fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decrease at least 25%.  

-Fewer than 5 employees to help cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.  

For more information, click here.


Food Donations - With the city restriction on dining, a lot of perishable food will be going to waste.  Along with local food banks, click here for a list of 27 nonprofit organizations in NYC accepting food donations.  We would like to highlight ReThink, City Harvest, and God's Love We Deliver.  


Food Stamps - Click here to see if you qualify for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).


Paid Family Leave (NY State)


Paid Sick Leave 


Unemployment Assistance (NYC Dept of Labor) - The NYC Department of Labor has recently waived the seven day waiting period for unemployment benefits.  They have also increased their benefits budget and relaxed their requirements.  Due to web traffic, they have broken up their filing days.  One thing to note - unemployment assistance does not replace weekly paychecks and you will only receive a portion of funds based on the percentage of income you received over the last 18 months.