The City of Jackson will partner with social workers and leaders in the faith community to offer a “warmline” for citizens dealing with stress, anxiety & depression.
Beginning Monday, April 27, and available Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., the warmline numbers are 601.586.3073 or 866.300.7948.
The resource will be available through the duration of the City’s stay-at-home order, but Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says the line may be available in the days and weeks that follow.
“We must be committed to protecting the whole person (and know) that their interests and concerns are more than just those that are physical,” said Mayor Lumumba.
The City is also connecting with other pre-established mental health services that will be available outside the hours of the warm line’s operation.
When asked about the City’s stay-at-home order, set to be reevaluated on April 30, Lumumba reiterated that the City’s first priority is our children, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers. “I will stand in the interest of what keeps them safe first,” he added.
Mayor Lumumba ended the press conference saying he was headed to the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion to meet with Governor Tate Reeves and other mayors from around the state to talk about a “uniform approach” to reopening the economy.
When asked where the City of Jackson stands, Lumumba said, “I do not believe it is safe thus yet because the data has not shown that yet.”
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis – and a more costly 911 call or ER visit. The lines are typically free, confidential peer-support services staffed by volunteers or paid employees who have experienced mental health conditions themselves.”