Free Crisis Counseling Now Available for People Struggling during COVID-19 Pandemic
Kū Makani, the Hawai’i Resiliency Project, has received federal funding to provide free and anonymous crisis counseling to help people work through challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Crisis Counseling Line: 1-800-753-6879. Group and individual counseling sessions also are available via Zoom.
Funding for the new crisis outreach counseling comes from FEMA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Trained counselors will provide people impacted by COVID-19 with emotional support and connections to many local resources and opportunities, according to an informational email from Kū Makani.
Kū Makani’s flyer states: “Crisis counselors are here for you. We provide a judgment-free space to help you through these difficult times, as well as pursue opportunities for coping and wellness. Our staff are here to support you.”
Kū Makani means “stand strong in the wind” in Hawaiian.
The counseling is for the entire Hawaiian islands and likely will continue for at least a year. When people call the toll free number, they can ask for a counselor with specific knowledge about agencies and opportunities on Maui or another island.