Finding Resources for Mental Health Information and Help
Mental Health Can Be Managed Through Help and Information
Every year, millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. are experiencing some sort of mental illness with debilitating effects, which interfere with life and daily activities. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 is or will experience a severe mental health condition at some point in their life.
Fortunately, studies show that the majority of people who seek treatment for mental health conditions feel better and recover fully. The key to healing is admitting help is needed in the first place. Then, you can work to build a strong support system, complete with a doctor who can provide you with knowledge and understanding of your illness, along with useful tools for combatting it. A useful pool of information will be within your reach, through the help of a qualified expert.
The Starting Line
Many things keep people from seeking help for their mental disorder. Common reasons include shame, denial, fear, and finances. There are many more people who want help, but are not sure where to start looking.
If you do not have a health professional available to assist you, please use one of these other resources as a starting point to locating help for yourself, your friends, or relatives:
- In potentially life-threatening situations, call 9-1-1 for immediate help.
- If you or someone you know is suicidal, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis counselors are available 24/7.
- General mental health and information and local treatment location services can be acquired by calling the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-877-726-4727.
For veterans and their families, there are a couple other options:
- Military OneSource - a free serve provided by the Department of Defense for all service men and their families. Call 24/7 at 1-800-342-9647.
- DCoE Outreach Center - Focusses on PTSD and psychological health. Call 1-866-966-1030, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- VA Mental Health Center and Vet Center
- National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You're Not Alone
Recovering from a mental health disorder is not something you have to do alone. Reach out to one of these resources, in addition to anything that may be offered in your local area. Reach out to family and close friends. Having a strong support system will make your journey through treatment less stressful, making it easier to focus on your healing.