(Always exercise due diligence in selecting caregivers.)
· Ask your primary care physician to refer you to someone.
· Call your health insurance carrier or visit them online to get a list of in-network providers.
· See if your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program.
· Use Open Path Collective, a national nonprofit network of therapists providing sessions at reduced rates.
· Search the listings on Psychology Today.
· If you or family members have a school affiliation, ask whether its counseling service is available to you or maintains a list of recommended providers of mental health care.
· Inquire at your religious organization, if appropriate — many faith leaders have counseling credentials.
· Contact a local college or university that confers degrees in counseling fields; many have clinics to train their students.
· If you have a specific difficulty, such as grief, addiction, a major illness in the family, debt, etc., there may be a topic-specific support group. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year information service in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Alliance on Mental Illness: The NAMI HelpLine, available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email@example.com.
Childhelp: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
For young people, the Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
For all, It Gets Better Project
USA.gov. Programs are offered at the state level as well, so check your state’s website or call the office of your state attorney general.
This list has been updated.