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1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 young people experience a mental health disorder every year in the United States. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, where organizations across the country seek to spread awareness, dispel stigma, and provide help. Mental health is a widespread problem. With such prevalence in the U.S., if you don't suffer from a mental health disorder yourself, chances are you know someone who does. Provided on this guide are resources to learn more about mental health and to provide help to you or your loved ones.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health disorder, please seek help. One of the resources below may be able to assist. For medical emergencies, dial 911 immediately.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.
Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.