Help for Mental Illnesses
If you or someone you know has a mental health problem, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.
Please note: AMHCA is a professional association. We cannot provide medical advice or practitioner referrals. If you need medical advice, or a second opinion, please consult your healthcare provider. Resources on this page are provided for informational purposes only. The list is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by AMHCA.
Get Immediate Help
If you are in crisis, and need immediate support or intervention, call, or go the website of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. If the situation is potentially life-threatening, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
If you are being abused by your partner, know there is nothing you have done or are doing to cause the abuse. It is solely the choice of the abuser to abuse. It may seem impossible to escape your abuser, change your circumstances, or find the help you need, but it is possible. However, you know your abuser best, so think carefully through your situation and circumstances and do what is the best for you.
Find a Health Care Provider or Treatment
For general information on mental health and to locate treatment services in your area, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA also has a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator on its website that can be searched by location.
You can also use any of the below websites to find services near you:
National agencies and advocacy and professional organizations have information on finding a mental health professional and sometimes practitioner locators on their websites. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
You can also go to the website of your state or county government and search for the health services department.
Some federal agencies offer resources for identifying practitioners and assistance in finding low cost health services. These include:
- Health Resources and Services Administration
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus
- Practitioner lists in health care plans can provide mental health professionals that participate with your plan.
Help for Service Members and Their Families
Current and former service members may face different mental health issues than the general public.
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to Service Members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including possible mental health problems. Call and talk anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-342-9647.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. To contact the center:
Call 1-866-966-1020, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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TRICARE® is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees, and their families worldwide.
A free, confidential hotline, online chat, and texting service offered by the VA that connects Veterans, Servicemembers, and their loved ones to trained VA responders, who help them work through the crisis and connect them with services that support them in times of need. The site also offers self-assessments and information about how to recognize the signs of crisis.
An online resource where Veterans, Service members, and their family members and friends can privately explore important topics like health, wellness, and coping with difficulties in their daily lives. The site features videos of Veterans and their loved ones talking about their experiences before and after service—how they faced adversity, reached out for support, and moved forward with their lives.
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Resources provides information about mental health and support services specifically for veterans.
The VA Mental Health connects Veterans to mental health services the VA provides for Veterans and Families. All mental health care provided by VHA supports recovery. The programs aim to enable people with mental health problems to live meaningful lives in their communities and achieve their full potential.
Community based centers that provide a range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible Veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
The center’s purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans.
Resource to ensure homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have access to trained counselors 24/7. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans, their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community.
Resources for Both Service Members and Veterans
The National Resource Directory (NRD) connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with national, state, and local support programs. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.
A free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches Problem Solving Skills to help you to better handle life’s challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for Veterans, service members and their families.