If you or someone you know is having a psychiatric emergency, please call 911
Need immediate help in a life-threatening emergency?
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911, notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency, and request an emergency responder trained in crisis intervention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has an excellent guide for talking with the police during a psychiatric emergency.
Need immediate help in a crisis?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to the crisis phone line, there is also an online chat program available 24/7 across the US.
Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message.
Looking for general support or more information?
American Psychiatric Association (APA) – Find a Psychiatrist
Click here to search through the APA‘s directory of psychiatrists. A psychiatrist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to understand the complex interrelation between mental and physical health since their training includes four years of medical school and at least three additional years in a psychiatric residency.
Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA) – Find a Therapist
Click here to search through the ADAA‘s directory of mental health professionals who specialize in anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders. Confused about what type of mental health specialist is right or you? Check out ADAA’s guide on types of mental health care providers.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine
The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health conditions, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. To contact the NAMI HelpLine, please call 800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerned about a friend? Seize the Awkward
Having a conversation about mental health might be uncomfortable, but it can make all the difference. Visit seizetheawkward.org to check out a variety of tools – from conversation guides to tips –that can help you help those in need.