If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the City of New York’s NYCWELL 24/7 hotline at 1-888-692-9355 for immediate assistance.
Driving for-hire in New York City is a high-stress job. Don’t go through it alone. We’re here to help. If you are looking for ways to achieve greater wellness, consider taking advantage of the following FREE benefits for for-hire vehicle drivers provided by the Independent Drivers Guild with the support of the Black Car Fund:
- FREE Weekly Discussion Circles with licensed counselors where you can get support from fellow drivers and learn new skills for achieving wellness. Circles focus on stress management, relationships, life planning, and social issues. Sign up for an upcoming circle below!
- FREE Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling. Click here to fill out a confidential counseling interest form online or call our hotline at 833-814-8590 and say you would like to sign up for counseling. We will then follow up to schedule an appointment. Counselors can help you access free benefits and services, and counseling can help you build healthy relationships, gain confidence, confront fears, cope with grief, and overcome other challenges life throws in our path.
- FREE Classes on Financial Planning, Chauffeur Training, Know Your Rights When You Get a Ticket (coming soon), ESL (coming soon), and more. See our classes page for details.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Counseling?
Counseling is an individual meeting with a Licensed Social Worker to talk about issues or problems that you are having. These sessions are confidential and can be scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis. If you are interested in talking more about counseling please fill out this confidential interest form.
I filled out a counseling interest form, now what?
If you filled out a counseling interest form, someone will be in touch within 3 days of submission to follow up with you. You will either be scheduled for an appointment in person or over the phone with a counselor to talk more about what you’d like to get out of therapy.
Why start a Driver Wellness Center? How did this get started?
The Independent Drivers Guild is excited to launch our new Driver Wellness and Counseling Center in partnership with the Black Car Fund and IDG Benefits. Since our launch in 2016, our campaigns have put millions of dollars in drivers pockets, first through a campaign that established the right to be able to accept tips through apps, and through landmark regulations that have won an average pay increase of $9,600 per year and established the first-ever pay floor in the industry. We seek to build on this foundation of economic gains through classes, organizing, and other programming that empowers and enhances the mental health and well-being of drivers.
Many of the stressors faced by our community are directly related to abusive app-based companies, over ticketing & policing, and rules and regulations that hurt us as drivers. There is more organizing work being done to tackle each and every issue faced by drivers. While we fight, we need to support one another and our families in handling the stress and frustration faced by us all on the road. We encourage the app-based driving community to take advantage of the services offered by the new Driver Wellness and Counseling center outlined below.
Are services free or do I need insurance?
We are striving to take as many drivers as possible on for free. If we are at capacity and do not have any more free slots available, we are happy to refer you out to sliding scale providers and work with you to find a provider that accepts your insurance.
Are counseling sessions only available in English or are they available in other languages too?
We have counselors who speak Spanish, Bangla, Urdu, and Mandarin. If a counselor with your preferred language does not have any available spots, then we are happy to refer you to a counselor that does.
How do I get involved in promoting the wellness program?
If you are interested in reaching out to fellow drivers and members of the community about the Wellness program, contact us at (718)-475-6902! There are opportunities to get trained in Mental Health First Aid, lead peer discussion circles, and educate drivers about the program.
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Call (718)-841-7330 and ask to be transferred to the wellness center.