Where Can I Find Mental Health Resources?
If you are thinking of harming yourself or someone else this is considered a mental health emergency. Either call 911 or go to your local emergency room immediately. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or our confidential helpline that is staffed by mental health and addiction professionals. This lifeline takes calls and provides support 24 hours a day and 7 days per week.
When Should I Seek Out Mental Health Help?
Some people may not even realize they are struggling with a mental health disorder and need help. Here are some signs and symptoms that you may have a mental health disorder.
● Thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else.
● Consistent feelings of anxiety, worry, fear, or sadness.
● Consistent mood swings or crying spells.
● Memory loss or confusion.
● Hallucinations or delusions.
● Dramatic sleeping or eating problems or fear of weight gain.
● Changes with work or school performance.
● Inability to cope with or withdraw from relationships and/or daily activities.
● Substance abuse and/or self-medicating
● Unexplained physical issues.
● Theft, truancy, or defying authority.
Some so many people struggle with mental health disorders that they either aren’t aware of it, aren’t getting any treatment, or are not getting the proper treatment. For some, they aren’t sure where to even start to get help. There are resources available depending on what the individual is struggling with.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health:
“Treatment for mental illnesses usually consists of therapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Treatment can be given in person or through a phone or computer (telehealth). It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start when looking for mental health care, but there are many ways to find a provider who will meet your needs. Primary Care Provider: Your primary care practitioner can be an important resource, providing initial mental health screenings and referrals to mental health specialists. If you have an appointment with your primary care provider, consider bringing up your mental health concerns and asking for help. (NIH)
As stated above, a good place to start is by talking with your primary care doctor if you have one. In most cases, they can at least get you started with treatment and then provide you with referrals to the right mental health providers. If you have health insurance and do not currently have a primary care physician, you can contact your insurance company to help with finding one as well.
Who Can Treat Mental Health Disorders?
Many other healthcare providers can help treat mental health disorders. Some providers diagnose and prescribe medications while others provide counseling and therapy. Mental health professionals that can diagnose and prescribe medications are Psychiatrists, physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, or osteopathic doctors. These particular professionals usually prescribe medications as their primary approach to treatment for mental health issues. However, Psychiatrists often work closely with other mental health professionals who can provide counseling. A Psychologist can also diagnose mental health issues and help you manage symptoms through therapy and other forms of counseling. In some states (New Mexico, Illinois, and Louisiana), they can also prescribe medications.
Several other providers cannot diagnose or prescribe medication, but they can provide treatment through counseling and therapy. Some of these can include:
● Family or marriage therapist
● Licensed Clinical Social Worker
● Mental health counselor
● Peer specialist
● Substance abuse counselor
● Veteran counselor
● A Pastoral counselor
A lot of cases may require treatment with two or more specialists. For instance, an individual may see a psychiatrist or physician for medication management and also see a therapist or counselor.
How Do I Find Mental Health Resources?
If you do not have a primary care doctor or insurance, you can look online to find providers in your area. There are also several hotlines available for support.
● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
● National Domestic Violence Lifeline – 1-800-799-7233
● SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-4357
● Veteran’s Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255
Doing an online search will help you to find several different mental health providers close to you. There are also a lot of mobile apps that can help provide resources and support; non-profit organizations and support groups can be of great help as well. There are a ton of resources available these days to help those with mental health disorders. If you are struggling, you don’t have to continue to suffer through this. Reach out to someone and seek help.
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Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
Cayla Clark, BA
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.