7 Places to Seek Mental Health Help

a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa

The past several years have given way to a rise in people battling mental health issues, especially anxiety and depression. Given the global pandemic, inflation, and increasing demands to be constantly present, it’s no surprise that people are struggling. 

You don’t have to struggle alone, and it’s more important than ever to seek help when needed. Here are seven places to look for the mental health help you need.

Local treatment center

Reach out to a local treatment center for help. Many cities, state, and regional centers offer support groups and free resources. There’s something available near you, and a new Sarasota location is now open.

Primary care doctor

Speaking with your primary care physician is an excellent place to start because they know you and can help you find the right support. Your doctor can make referrals and provide some support until you can get started with a mental health professional.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a federal program to improve how people understand and treat mental illness. NIMH covers everything from highlighting signs of deteriorating mental health in loved ones to offering support for people in crisis. 

National advocacy groups and professional organizations  

Aside from providing lists of local therapists, these professional organizations offer information on their websites about mental health with tips to keep you moving forward. The Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) are the most popular options.

These resources can help you locate local support, but they also offer helpful information for friends and family members. You can find more information about how to improve your brain health through these organizations.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is another federal program that helps people find treatment options. Access a behavioral health and telehealth provider list to find the support you need.

National Library of Medicine or MedlinePlus

The National Library of Medicine (NIH) is a resource for everyone, from professionals to patients.

MedlinePlus is a subsite that provides a range of current, reliable health information, including help finding a local mental health provider. You can research different conditions to learn more about symptoms and potential treatments to understand your situation better.

Crisis lifeline

If you are in crisis and need immediate help, don’t hesitate to reach out to a crisis line. Call 911 if the threat is imminent. 

You can also contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988. People are available to respond 24/7, and it’s all confidential.

Veterans can reach out to the VA or use the Veterans Crisis Chat online. It’s free and available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Final Thoughts

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more so. Everyone struggles from time to time, and sometimes it requires outside help to get through an especially challenging patch.