Resources in the Mental Health Community
If it's a crisis...
First things first, regardless of how frightening a note this is to begin on.
- Call 1.800.784.2433.
The National Hopeline Network connects callers automatically to a certified Crisis Center near their location. Crisis Center calls are answered by trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the event that the nearest Crisis Center is at maximum volume, the call is seamlessly rerouted to the next closest center. Callers should never encounter a busy signal or voice mail. For easy recall, remember this: 1.800.SUICIDE.
- There's also 1.800.273.8255, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Another excellent resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which also provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For easy recall, think 1.800.273.TALK.
- American Association of Suicidology (AAS).
AAC is dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. For those seeking info and perspective on this difficult subject, including the warning signs and guidance on what to do, the association offers many publications that can help.
- American Association of Children's Residential Centers (AACRC).
The American Association of Children's Residential Centers "brings professionals together to advance the frontiers of knowledge pertaining to the spectrum of therapeutic living environments for children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders." Its Member Directory provides a detailed listing of its agency and individual members. Agency members are listed by state and are profiled. Profiles include information such as patient populations, number of annual admissions, licensure/accreditation information, fees and the program philosophy. Consumers can take a look to see what types of residential centers are available to help children who need this sort of residence. Cost? $25 for non-members, complimentary to members.
NICHCY's Quick Connections
- Start with NICHCY's 4-page fact sheet on Emotional Disturbance.
If you're looking for an intro to emotional problems and the mental health field, this is a good place to start. Our fact sheet will hook you up with ORGANIZATIONS that can help, online and print resources of more information, and an overview look at disabilities that cause mental health concerns.
- Find mental health resources and experts in your state.
Visit our state sheet page and select your state. Once inside the state sheet, there are multiple places to find mental health connections.
- First section, State Agencies and Organizations, for the listings headed "State Mental Health Agency" and "State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth." These are the state-level offices charged with providing assistance to individuals who have mental health concerns. They should be a good place to connect with the state mental health network and find out what's what and who's who in your state at the agency level.
- Second section of the State Sheet, Disability-Specific Organizations. Find the heading labeled "Mental Health." Beneath are listed the state chapters of such associations as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and National Mental Health Association (NMHA). These can connect you with local chapters, if there are any, and a wealth of info, including in-state resources. Often, these chapters operate as parent groups as well, offering parents opportunities to talk with other parents, an excellent source of emotional support and practical advice.
- Third section of the State Sheet, Organizations Especially for Parents . If you're a parent looking for mental health connections for your child, try calling the organization listed under "Parent Training and Information Center" (PTI). The PTI can also tell you all about educational services for your child, special education, and working with your child's school to make sure your child's needs are addressed. Through the organization listed under "Parent to Parent" you can connect one-on-one with another parent in the state who also has a child with mental health concerns.
- Fourth section of the State Sheet, Other Organizations . On some state sheets, this section may list additional organizations that address mental health concerns. Glance over the section to see if that's true for your state's resource sheet.
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Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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