There are many different places you can go for help and people you can talk to about mental health concerns.
Keep asking and keep searching until something helps. Something will.
If you need immediate assistance, do not hesitate!
Call 9-1-1 or go to the Emergency Room if you or a loved one is in immediate danger.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255(TALK) if you feel you are in a crisis of any sort (including suicidal thoughts, depression, substance abuse, loneliness, family problems, etc.)
Call CrisisLink Regional Hotline at 703-527-4077 (or text at 703-940-0888) to talk to empathetic counselors in the DC area about any crisis.
For Spanish speakers, call Hopeline at 1-800-SUICIDA.
For an LGBTQ crisis hotline, call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386; a chatline is also available 7 days a week.
Resources for Access to Ongoing Care
Visit your local mental health clinic and/or seek an assessment by a mental health professional.
For more information on local services, look up the available treatment services in your area in the SAMHSA Mental Health Services Locator. You can also call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-6264.
To find a psychologist in your area, you may also visit this link or call 1-800-964-2000.
For access to primary mental health & behavioral resources in the Fairfax, VA area, visit here.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Information on a variety of mental illnesses and treatment for teens and adults and the parents, family, and friends of loved ones who are struggling. This website includes an information and referral helpline and online discussion groups.
National Eating Disorders Association: General information about eating disorders and treatment, an information and referral helpline, and support networks for teens, people struggling with an eating disorder, and loved ones. (Also, check out this blog.)
National Institute of Mental Health: Includes information on a variety of mental illnesses, including symptoms, treatments, and advice for parents. This site also features articles describing the latest mental health research