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 or 1-800-964-2000.
  • Contact The American Psychiatric Association’s referral service at 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 or
  • If you are a veteran, contact Veterans Affairs at
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration maintains lists of therapists as well as treatment centers at
  • For low-cost options, visit the Mental Health America website at 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, 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 support groups in your area, click here.

If you or someone you know, is in a crisis, please call 1(800) 273-TALK (8255) or 1 (800) 628-9454 for Spanish  speaking Callers. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours/ 7days.

IF YOU FEEL SUICIDAL OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT IS PLEASE CALL THE LIFELINE OR 911. If you are a veteran, help is available by phone or via online chat. 

Call 1 (800) 273-8255 and Press 1 to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. For Online Chat go to VETERANS CHAT.  All information is CONFIDENTIAL.

If you or someone you know is in a psychiatric emergency, please call for help at the numbers listed below. Qualified Mental Health Professionals are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!


MHMRA of Harris County; Main line: 713-979-7520   /   Toll free: 866-970-4770   /   For people with hearing impairments: 800-735-2988; 24/7;

Behavioral Health Hospital of Bellaire 713-600-9500 or 1-800-423-0017; 24/7;

Crisis Center of Southeast Texas; 1-800-7-WE-CARE; 24/7;

Tri County Mental Health; 1-800-659-6994 ; 24/7;

 Houston Police Department (HPD) Crisis Intervention Team (CIT); 713-884-3131;

Neuropsychiatric Center (NPC) of Harris County; 713-970-7070; 24/7

Mobile Crisis Outreach Team;713-970-4663; 24/7


Group Name & Mailing Address:
Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 540
Houston, TX. 77098

Contact: Brenda Fitch (713) 527-9864,
(713)-HOTLINE (468-5463) (24--hour Crisis Hotline)
Meeting Places: S.W. Houston, The Woodlands, Clear Lake
Must call for confidential locations & directions
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: Twice a month -- (Must call for details)
Facilitated by: Peer and Professional
Charge: No
Counties Served: All are welcome
Last Updated: 7/7/2010

Group Name & Mailing Address:
Survivors of Suicide Support Group - for Adults and Teens
800 Rockmead Drive, Suite 132
Kingwood, TX 77339

Contact: Bryan Boyle and Jim Simon, 713-481-2808,
Meeting Places: Wellsource Crisis and Resource Center
800 Rockmead Drive, Suite 132, Kingwood, TX 77339
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7PM
Facilitated by: Professional
Charge: Donations accepted but not required
Counties Served: All are welcome - Two groups meet at this time: one group for teens and one for adults
Last Updated: 02/13/12


Many survivors find online support groups to be helpful. These groups can be accessed anytime day or night.Note: AFSP makes this directory available as a public service and does not recommend or endorse any of the particular groups listed.

Alliance of Hope Forum

Friends and Families of Suicides

Parents of Suicides

Spouses of Suicides

Living Through Suicide



WEBSITES: A resource list created and maintained by volunteers from several on-line survivor communities. Their Time is a three-volume, six-CD compilation of memorial songs for survivors. From Joan Baez to Cheryl Wheeler, 80 artists contributed songs they wrote after the death of someone they love. A perfect condolence gift that provides comfort through all the stages of grief that survivors encounter. Created by a survivor family that contains information and resources about surviving suicide loss. Created by a survivor after she lost her sister to suicide. Created to remember some of the names of those who died by suicide and to encourage survivors to better understand the causes of suicide. General information about surviving suicide loss.

Child and teen groups: The Dougy Center has a directory of general bereavement groups for children and teens, plus other helpful resources for families


American Association of Suicidology (202)237-2280
Promotes public awareness, education, and training for professionals, and sponsors an annual "Healing After Suicide" conference for survivors.

American Psychiatric Association 1-888-357-7924
Information about mental heath and choosing a psychiatrist.

American Psychological Association 1-800-374-2721
Resource for referrals to psychologists.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (204)784-4073
Online list of Canadian survivor support groups. Promotes public awareness, training, education, advocacy.
The Compassionate Friends (630) 990-0010
For parents, siblings, and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child, brother, sister, or grandchild. Sponsors support groups, newsletters, and on-line support groups throughout the country, as well as an annual national conference for bereaved families.

The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children & Families 503-775-5683
Publishes extensive resources for helping children and teens who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, or friend, including, "After Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids."

International Association for Suicide Prevention Phone: +33 562 29 19 47
An international organization with a task force and newsletter dedicated specifically to postvention. Website lists organizations and support groups for survivors of suicide loss around the world.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide 1-866-899-5317
Provides resources to minority communities in the areas of survivor support and suicide prevention and education, including by sponsoring an annual conference.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (952) 946-7998
Grassroots non-profit organization that educates about depression and provides resources on suicide and depression, newsletter, and survivor conference.

Suicide Information and Education Centre (403) 245-3900
Computer-assisted resource library with extensive collection of materials on suicide, including information kits, pamphlets, literature searches, and clipping services.

SuicidePrevention Resource Center 877-GET-SPRC
Features an extensive online library of information on suicide prevention and surviving suicide loss, a nationwide calender of events, and customized web pages for survivors, teachers, teens clergy, and more.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
202-588-TAPS (8277)
TAPS programs and resources are available for ayone grieving the loss of a loved one in military service, including those who have died by suicide. Programs and resources are available regardless of relationship, circumstance or geographic location of the casualty, and include peer based emotional support, casework assistance, crisis intervention and grief and trauma resources.


Texas Suicide Prevention
The Texas Suicide Prevention Council is a group of local suicide prevention coalitions and statewide agencies that have joined together to implement the Texas Suicide Prevention Plan.

NAMI Texas (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI is a grassroots network proving services, education, support and advocacy for people with mental illness and their loved ones.

Disclaimer: We make these resources available as a public service and do not specifically recommend or endorse any of the particular groups listed.