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 [email protected] 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.
In crisis: Call 211 in VERMONT (United Way)
Have you experienced the impact of a loved one's suicide? Please consider joining us. Our meetings provide a time to help one another grieve. All are welcome. These are not therapy groups. They are all free support groups, and facilitated by professionals. We respect each other's confidences and honor the uniqueness of each person's grief work. We also share what can be helpful in this process. We share resource material, stories, or just listen. Whether you lost a friend, spouse, parent, child, co-worker, sibling, or anyone you care about.
Burlington Support Group (serving Chittenden County area)
1st Wednesday of each month, 6pm - 7:30pm Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 Dorset St., Burlington, VT
Contact: Liz Mahoney (802)879-7109 or email [email protected]
Contact: Myra Handy (802)951-5156 or email [email protected]
HeartBeat Vermont (serving Rutland County area)
3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main St., Wallingford, VT
Contact: Melissa (802)446-3577 or email [email protected]
St. Albans Support Group (serving Franklin County area)
2nd Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm - 7:30pm, Northwestern Medical Center, 133 Fairfield St. ( Conference Room #3), St. Albans, VT
Contact: Tony Stevens or Deborah Babbie (802)393-6503, or email [email protected]