National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Ben’s Friends

Ben’s Friends is the food and beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction.

Founded in honor of Ben Murray, a lifelong chef who took his own life after struggling with alcoholism for years, Ben’s Friends exists to provide a safe haven and an anonymous, judgment-free forum for workers in an industry that has one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the country.

The Heirloom Foundation

The Heirloom Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings culinary professionals together to raise awareness and funds for youth development programming in the communities where we work. Eligible organizations may apply for grants and, if awarded, attend the annual Family Meal event which brings together grantees with contributing chefs.

The Giving Kitchen (Atlanta)

The Giving Kitchen provides emergency assistance grants for Atlanta area restaurant workers facing an unanticipated hardship.

Big Table

Big Table exists to see the lives of those working in the restaurant and hospitality industry transformed by building community around shared meals and caring for those who are in crisis, transition, or falling through the cracks. This community and care are open to all in the industry without condition.

Restaurant Recovery

We provide comprehensive solutions to address addiction and its effects on restaurant employees, their families and the restaurant industry.

Chef Recovery

I have branded myself ‘Chef Recovery.’ Taking my real life recovery from drugs & alcohol & turning them into real life recipes. My recipe for a clean & sober life 7 years & counting.

Christy Harrison

Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified Intuitive Eating counselor in private practice, specializing in nutrition therapy for eating disorders and Health at Every Size.


The mission of NY FarmNet is to provide New York farm families with free, confidential consulting services to develop skills to improve financial and production efficiency, and overcome business and family challenges.

Un86’d (Chicago)

Un86’d is a charity created to aid in monetary relief for restaurant professionals in need, including educating workers on how to utilize public and private health care for their own benefit. We strive to support an industry that is often overlooked.

Hospitality Action (UK)

Established in 1837 Hospitality Action, the Hospitality Industry Benevolent Organisation, has offered vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis.

Hospitality Cares (New Orleans)

The purpose of Hospitality Cares (HCNOLA) is to meet the emergency or crisis assistance needs of employees in the hospitality industry. It was organized by hospitality industry professionals who want to help colleagues and employees experiencing misfortune and needing temporary assistance to recover.

Working for Change (Canada)

Working for Change (formerly the Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses) was established in 1994 to respond to the need for employment opportunities for people with mental health issues. Since opening our catering company, the Raging Spoon, in 1997, we have developed five additional social enterprises that provide employment to people with mental health issues.

This is an ongoing list of resources for people in physical or mental crisis. Please share additional links with kat at chefswithissues dot com and I’ll include them.