If you or someone you know is suffering from any type of mental health problem, it is important not to go through it alone. Oftentimes, people don’t understand the warning signs or are too self-conscious to seek help. It’s OK. It’s not your fault! All of us need a little help sometimes, so we want you to know where to look for it.
Sometimes it can help just to find someone you can talk to. Find a family member or a friend with whom you can share your concerns. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, there are also many mental health professionals out there who can help, and you should not be ashamed about reaching out to them! You may be surprised to find how many people care and are willing to help.
If and when you need to consult with a professional or just find more information regarding a certain mental health issue, please reference the following list of websites and organizations—and there are many more provided for you in Behind Happy Faces. There is a wealth of information out there, and many people available to help you to cope, and to help you learn! Please remember that in addition to this list, you may also have additional mental health resources available in your local community.
These national organizations are a good starting point:
***Please note these numbers if you our a loved one is in need of IMMEDIATE HELP:
American Psychiatric Association Answer Center
Live operators available 24/7 to refer you to local APA board certified psychiatrists.
Live counselors 9 AM – 5 PM will refer you to various mental health professionals near you.
National Hopeline Network
Live certified counselors available 24/7 to help those in immediate distress.
American Mental Health Counselors Association/Provisions Consulting
A toll-free, national find-a-therapist referral service.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Counselors available 24/7 for referrals.
Vet2Vet Peer Support Hotline
Veterans crisis support line.