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In 2014, about one in five Americans experienced a mental health issue. As common as these issues are, people are often reluctant to seek treatment. This is a problem, because left untreated, mental health problems can have a negative impact on the way you think, feel, and act.


If you want help but aren’t sure where to find it, you’re in luck. Free resources are available online and over the phone - here’s where you can start looking.  


Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you need immediate help, call 1-800-273-8255.


If you’re wrestling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or other emotional pain, you should call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This free, confidential, resource puts you in touch with crisis counselors who can help in the short term, and they’ll also have information on local programs that can help with a longer treatment plan. You can find more resources for suicide prevention on their website.


SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a government agency dedicated to combatting substance abuse and mental illness. They don’t provide direct care, but they have a treatment locator to find help in your area, as well as other free resources.


You can also reach them by phone at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


MentalHealth.gov

MentalHealth.gov is a government program dedicated to removing the shame and stigma from mental health issues. Whether you’re personally dealing with these issues or supporting someone who is, they want you to remember that improvement is possible with the proper treatment, and they have free resources that can help.   


ADAA

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is another popular organization, focusing on, as you may have guessed, anxiety and depression. Their “Live and Thrive” section has plenty of resources, including tests to help you determine if you’re suffering from mental illness, and an online peer group for support.   


211

This toll-free phone number allows you to find resources in your area, and it may help you find local mental health programs.   


Even with these resources, you may still be hesitant. It’s natural to be afraid, but remember, with the proper treatment, most people can see a dramatic improvement in their quality of life. It’s alright to get help.





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