Resources & Referrals

Although AFSP is not able to recommend individual therapists, the following sources may help you find a local mental health professional:

  • Ask your doctor for a recommendation
  • Contact the departments of psychiatry, psychology, or social work at your local university or hospital
  • Use the American Psychological Association’s locator service at locator.apa.org or 1-800-964-2000.
  • Contact The American Psychiatric Association’s referral service at apa@psych.org or call 1-888-357-7924 and press 0 to speak with a customer service representative
  • Contact the National Association of Social Workers’ referral service at naswdc.org or helppro.com/HP/BasicSearch.aspx
  • If you are a veteran, contact Veterans Affairs at mentalhealth.va.gov/gethelp.asp
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration maintains lists of therapists as well as treatment centers at store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator
  • For low-cost options, visit the Mental Health America website at nmha.org/go/help or call 1-800-969-6642
  • If you have insurance coverage, you can contact your insurance carrier for in-network referrals
  • If you attend a suicide bereavement support group, you could ask the facilitator and/or other group members for recommendations
  • Speak with your local school guidance department
  • Google “Depression Research Center” together with the name of your city or local university

“Finding a Mental Health Professional: A Personal Guide,” created by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and available at dbsalliance.org/pdfs/finding.pdf, contains useful guidance about questions to ask prospective therapists. Bear in mind that not every therapist will necessarily be the right fit for you, so trust your instinct. If it doesn’t feel right after one or two appointments discuss your concerns, and if they are not addressed consider trying someone else.

For suicide bereavement supports groups in your area, click here.

Chapter Support Group Resource:

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY:  Rhinebeck  

Meeting Day/Meeting Time: 4th Tuesday every month, 7:00-8:30 pm

Meeting Place: Rhinebeck Reformed Church, 6368 Mill St, Rhinebeck

Facilitated by: Peer

Contact: Lisa Murray (845) 389-6175

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY: Poughkeepsie    

 Meeting Day Meeting Time:  Last Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm

Meeting Place: The Adriance Library, 93 Market St., Poughkeepsie  

Facilitated by: Peer

Contact:  Delores Devonshire (845) 430-0651

 

ORANGE COUNTY:  Chester 

Meeting Day/Meeting Time:  2nd Tuesday of Every Month, 7:00 PM

Meeting Place:  First Presbyterian Church of Chester, 94-96 Main Street, Chester  

Facilitated by: Peer

Contact: Ann Marie D'Aliso, (845) 325-6448

 

ORANGE COUNTY:   Goshen

TEEN & YOUNG ADULTS -  HV Support Group for Teen and Young Adults ages 16-25 (under 18 needs permission of parent or guardian)

Meeting Day/Meeting Time: 1st Sundays of the Month, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Meeting Place: Love Life Tattoo & Art Studio, 10 South Street, Warwick, NY 10990

Facilitated by: Peer

Contact:  Judy Battista (914) 489-7402

 

ROCKLAND COUNTY:  New City

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:  2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month

Meeting Place:  St. Augustine's Parish Center, Maple Avenue, New City  

Facilitated by: Professional

Contact: Mary Ann Prior (845) 634-5861

 

ROCKLAND COUNTY:  Valley Cottage          

Meeting Day Meeting Time:  First Wednesday of the month, 7-8:15 p.m.

Meeting Place: Mental Health Association of Rockland County

140 Route 303 Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Facilitated by: Professional

Contact: Bonnie Freirich 845-267-2172 ext.465