Elevate: Nightlife Mental Health Initiative

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people who work in the nightlife industry have kept our city running, while facing significant emotional and physical demands of their own: many became unemployed, risked exposure to illness, and became isolated from their communities. The uncertainty and anxiety associated with COVID-19 has created a collective trauma in the industry.

Now, people who work in the industry are charged with bringing back the city’s thriving nightlife, but they may bring with them lingering and new mental health concerns.

Support is available. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife, find mental health resources below tailored to the nightlife community.




Download our resource guide: Mental health resources for people who work in the nightlife industry
As New York City re-opens, workers in the nightlife industry may have continuing mental health concerns. Find free mental health support in our resource guide.



Free one-on-one case management and weekly support groups for the NYC nightlife community from Backline

Backline is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mental health and wellness resources to the music and nightlife industries. Backline will be expanding it’s resources to specifically serve the NYC Nightlife community. Some ways you can tap in: 

Work one-on-one with a Backline Case Manager to create a mental health plan specifically catered to your needs, location, and financial resources. We will provide you with a list of referrals to therapists and organizations that understand the music and nightlife industry. Schedule your call today.

Find a support group here. Every week starting mid-July 2021, you can participate in a free and confidential support group moderated by licensed therapists for people who work in the nightlife industry in New York City. Support groups provide a safe place for people in the nightlife industry to come together and discuss what it means to work in nightlife today. Support groups meet every Monday at 4PM .

Sign up for a free wellness subscription from Backline.


Watch now: Elevate Nightlife Mental Health Forum
On June 24, 2021, we held a forum on healing from a collective trauma, hosted in partnership with the Office of Nightlife, NYC Nightlife United, House of Yes, and Backline. Presenters discussed the range of ways COVID-19 has affected the mental health of people in the nightlife industry and shared information about services that can help. In addition, the forum included a brief training on mental health, self-care and coping skills, and strategies to support the mental health of colleagues and loved ones.


Additional resources

• Find apps and online tools to help you manage your health and emotional wellbeing on NYC Well’s app library.

• Sign up for a free wellness subscription from Backline.

• Find additional mental health resources on our Resources + toolkits page.