Free 24/7 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Telephone Emotional Support provided through Peace River Center’s Crisis Response Team

Polk County, Fla., March 20, 2020 – The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stressful for many people.  Coping with stress, fear and anxiety about the disease and its effects on your health, your job, and your loved ones can be overwhelming.  Peace River Center, a community behavioral health provider, has partnered with Polk County’s Health & Human Services Division, to expand emotional assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services are available through PRC’s already existing Crisis Response Team.  This partnership allows PRC to offer trained behavioral health counselors who can assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the current health crisis. You can reach our 24-Hour Crisis Response Team, now available for Emotional Support, by calling 863-519-3744 or toll free 800-627-5906.

“PRC’s Crisis Response Team will help individuals experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the health crisis or for other reasons. We all know that medical problems and specifically the coronavirus, can cause substantial anxiety as we all worry about the health of their loved ones and ourselves.  As part of our ongoing support of the communities we serve, our free Crisis Response Team is available to assist individuals, in Polk County and beyond, who are feeling overwhelmed to help cope with their worries,” said Bill Gardam, President/CEO, Peace River Center.

Trained staff are available to speak to anyone experiencing additional stress and or anxiety due to the current health crisis, free of charge. Additionally, staff will be able to connect individuals with additional resources available through PRC’s wide-array of services or any other community based services available, if needed.

“This free service will allow us to provide immediate emotional support to individuals feeling worried and uncertain about what’s happening right now.  We know that there is a lot of anxiety, fears among our citizens and we want to provide support and connect to immediate services if needed,” said Joy Johnson, Relations Administrator, Polk County, Health & Human Services Division.

About Peace River Center

Peace River Center is a licensed and accredited, non-profit provider of mental health, substance use and integrated medical services serving Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. Peace River Center provides options for people struggling with mental health and addiction, for children and adults coping with the trauma of abuse and violence, crisis intervention for people in acute need, and housing and community support and integration for people affected by domestic violence or whose recovery requires more support and time. Peace River Center offers inpatient, outpatient, home-, school- and community-based services, telehealth and mobile programs to individuals, groups and families. Peace River Center’s dedicated and compassionate staff of more than 400 operate 36 programs out of 27 locations and provide 24/7 emergency psychiatric response services to the community through our mobile psychiatric Crisis Response Team. In FY2019, Peace River Center had contact with and provided services to more than 22,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors. For more information visit