Help For Those Post Disaster - Virtual Talk Tele-Health Therapy

by Janet Pattison

BAY COUNTY - Virtual Talk Tele-Health Therapy is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to address the urgent mental health needs of individuals living in Northwest Florida. The mission of this project is to provide enhanced virtual access to mental health services, ensuring that those in need can receive the care they require from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The Virtual Talk Tele-Health Therapy program is not a crisis hotline but instead serves as a backup behavioral healthcare provider for non-profit service providers within the NWFHealth network. It offers free services to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured and meet the financial qualifications. The program is available to anyone aged 10 or older who resides in one of the following counties: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.

The program treats a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and stress, trauma and grief, anger, sleep, chronic illness, job-related stress, and motivation issues. To access these services, individuals can simply call the toll-free number 800-354-9308 at any time. Care coordinators will ask screening questions to ensure eligibility and determine the specific mental health concern being addressed.

One of the key advantages of the Virtual Talk Tele-Health Therapy program is the personalized experience it provides. Licensed healthcare providers in Florida are available to offer free help to those seeking care, ensuring that individuals receive the highest quality of care tailored to their unique needs. This innovative program has been designed to eliminate barriers to mental health treatment and ensure that residents of Northwest Florida have access to the care they need when they need it most.

For more information about the Virtual Talk Tele-Health Therapy program, please visit It is essential to note that for children aged 18 and under, guardian authorization is required.