If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services and treatment options that may help. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges people face.
Things to consider when reaching out:
- If it’s an emergency in which you or someone you know is suicidal, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
- If you can wait a few days, make an appointment with your primary healthcare provider or pediatrician if you think your condition is mild to moderate.
- If your symptoms are moderate to severe, make an appointment with a specialized doctor such as a psychiatrist. You may need to contact your community mental health center or primary health care provider for a referral.
- If you or your child is in school or at college, contact the school and ask about their support services.
- Seek out support groups in your community and classes to educate yourself about your symptoms and diagnosis. Social support and knowledge can be valuable tools for coping.
IN A CRISIS
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, calling 911 and talking with police may be necessary.
In a Crisis
A crisis is typically a moment of extreme emotional pain that gets in the way of living your everyday life.
Please contact 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255, or the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741.741.
Seek out support groups in your community. Knowing that you are not alone can help you cope.
Educate yourself about mental illness symptoms and diagnosis by taking NAMI Education Classes.
NAMI Education Classes
These classes (NAMI Basics and NAMI Family-to-Family) help improve coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.