Mental health resources

Behind You. A no-cost mental health program for F+B workers.

In kitchens nationwide, workers know that when they hear “Behind you,” someone is close by. In that spirit, Behind You is the first mental health program of its kind for F+B by F+B. Through Behind You, we offer accessibility of mental health services to F+B workers across the country, through a university affiliate program providing no-cost counseling to workers in the states below, and by distributing financial assistance through the Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund.

Behind You was created with generous support from BentoBox; Love, Tito’s; ROAR (Restaurants Organizing Advocating Rebuilding); Resy; and Robert M. Sinskey Foundation.

How & Where
We Work

Through our university affiliate program, we grant our partner universities funds that allow for supervised graduate-level clinicians to offer no-cost counseling services to members of our industry in five states. When you, an F+B worker, want to inquire about counseling, we’ll ask you a few questions so we can place you with the right clinician. We’ll then have the clinician reach out to you to schedule a session. To be eligible for the Behind You Program, you must work a minimum of 30 hours a week at a food and beverage establishment for at least six (6) months.

If you live outside of our service states, you can receive financial assistance for mental health crises through our Emergency Relief Fund.

Cal Lutheran University
Louisiana State University
University of Houston
Northern Illinois University
New York
Yeshiva University and New York University

Get involved

Southern Smoke Foundation seeks to spread awareness of Behind You nationwide, as well as receive financial support to launch new partner states and continue service in existing areas. If you’re a university or mental health organization interested in partnering with Southern Smoke Foundation as part of our mental health program, please email Kristen Segesta.

If you’re outside of the states we currently service, please visit our Emergency Relief Funds page to apply for a grant to receive free counseling in your area.