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.

If you or someone you know is at-risk, you can obtain immediate assistance by calling one of the hotlines below:

HOTLINES

Northern Virginia CrisisLink Hotline: 703-527-4077
D.C. Dept. of Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-793-4357

MOBILE CRISIS UNITS:

Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board Mobile Crisis Unit (8am-12am): 703-564-0224
DC Department of Behavioral Health's Mobile Crisis Unit (9am-1am): 202-673-9300 
ChAMPS 24-hour mobile emergency service (for children and youth aged 6-18; Catholic Charities): 202-481-1440 

MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS:

District of Columbia:
Mary's Center (Mental Health Department): 202-420-7122 

Virginia:
Alexandria City: 703-746-3400
Arlington County: 703-228-4864
Fairfax County: 703-481-4230
Loudon County: 703-777-0320
Leesburg: 703-771-5100
Sterling: 571-258-3026
Manassas: 703-792-7800
Woodbridge: 703-792-4900
Woodbourn Center 24-hour mental health evaluation (Annandale): 703-573-5679
Gartlan Center mental health evaluation (Alexandria; 9am-5pm): 703-799-2730