New Push To Support Mental Health Of SF Frontline Workers

The City of San Francisco is expanding mental health resources for first responders and health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontline health care workers are under enormous pressure throughout the response, and that is why the new Heal San Francisco program has been created.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, making the announcement Wednesday morning, said health care workers who want to sign up should speak with their supervisors or HR departments for more information.

“Heal San Francisco will prove free mental health services for public, private, and non-profit health care workers in partnership with the Bay Area chapter of the COVID-19 Pro-Bono Counseling Project,” said Breed.

Breed reaffirmed that the city's need to continue to provide support for those whorking on the frontlines of the crisis.

 “We need to think about ways in which we can be positive, we can be supportive, we can be encouraging, during this time because we all are going through this, and we are in this together,” said Breed.

The city also is expanding mental health services available for first responders.

“We will now be providing, 24/7, one-on-one counseling for any first responder or any city employee who is in need.” said Breed.

The mayor encourages first responders and health care workers to make sure they are taking care of themselves, but acknowledges that the city needs to be supportive of these essential workers during the pandemic.