It is normal to reach out for help as you cope with a suicide loss. The following steps can help you to find a qualified mental health professional for individual counseling.
Begin by asking the right questions. Finding a Mental Health Professional: A Personal Guide, created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, can help.
- Ask your doctor for a recommendation.
- Ask survivors at support groups if they have had a good experience with any local therapists.
- Use the mental health services locator of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
- Contact the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers for a referral.
- Locate a grief counselor through a nearby hospice.
- For low-cost counseling options, visit Mental Health America.
- Search the Association for Death Education and Counseling’s directory of specialists.
- Visit the American Psychiatric Association's website to learn more about the field of psychiatry.
Therapists have different styles and approaches. If the first therapist you see is not right for you after an appointment or two, consider meeting with another.