In an Emergency, Contact:
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
- Hospital emergency room
- Urgent care center/clinic
- Call 911
Read about suicide risk factors and warning signs.
Who is a Mental Health Professional?
- Someone who can help people get relief from mental health problems and disorders and find ways to improve mental wellness and resiliency.
- They may be a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse, or counselor with mental health training.
- You may find these professionals in emergency rooms, hospitals, clinics, schools, community and religious centers, and in private practices. You can ask your doctor for a referral.
How Can a Mental Health Professional Help?
- If you feel unhappy, depressed, anxious, fearful, moody, or in need of emotional help, a mental health professional can help you to understand your problems and to feel better.
- They have specialized training to identify and understand problems that may be causing you discomfort or putting you at risk.
- They also have specialized training in helping people with a variety of mental disorders.
- If you need it, they can prescribe medicine, or can connect you with someone who can determine whether you need medication.
- They are trained to offer an objective, independent viewpoint.
- They can help you to connect with other professionals and specialists, if needed.
How Can Someone Find a Mental Health Professional?
- Ask your family or primary care doctor, pediatrician, or ob-gyn physician for a referral.
- Students who are in school and their families can talk to a guidance counselor.
- Those in a college or university can contact the student Counseling Center or Health Center.
- Connect to a clinic or treatment facility associated with a local Medical School or graduate training program in psychology, counseling or social work.
- Contact the Department of Psychiatry at your local hospital.
- If there is a university in your area, inquire whether they have a Depression Research Center or other mental health services.
Professional Organizations That Can Provide Information or a Referral
Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Grassroots Support Organizations
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Anxiety Disorders of America Association
Mental Health America
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)