Health personnel everywhere deserve this.

A different kind of help is being offered for essential workers across the entire D.C. region: George Mason University's Center for Psychological Services will gift them a free mental health hotline.

The individuals answering the calls will be trained volunteers, with many being graduate students. Their job will be to help healthcare workers who may be struggling mentally due to job loss, work stress, or other results of the pandemic.

The hotline will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m , Monday through Friday, as well as 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Called the Essential Workers Emotional Support Line, the hotline allows callers to remain anonymous. It can be reached at 703-215-1898.

Healthcare workers may also attend free therapy sessions after their first call.