In an Emergency,
Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
hospital walk-in clinic
Read about suicide risk factors and warning signs.
is a Mental Health Professional?
Someone who can
help people get relief from mental health problems and disorders and find ways
to improve mental wellness and resiliency.
They may be a
psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, marriage and family therapist,
psychiatric nurse, or counselor with mental health training.
You may find
these professionals in emergency rooms, hospitals, clinics, schools, community
and religious centers, and in private practices. You can ask your doctor for a
Can a Mental Health Professional Help?
—If you feel
unhappy, depressed, anxious, fearful, moody, or in need of emotional help, a
mental health professional can help you to understand your problems and to
specialized training to identify and understand problems that may be causing
you discomfort or putting you at risk.
—They also have
specialized training in helping people with a variety of mental disorders.
—If you need it,
they can prescribe medicine, or can connect you with someone who can determine
whether you need medication.
trained to offer an objective, independent viewpoint.
—They can help
you to connect with other professionals and specialists, if needed.
What does Mental Health Treatment Involve?
Can Someone Find a Mental Health Professional?
Ask your family
or primary care doctor, pediatrician, or ob-gyn physician for a referral.
Students who are
in school and their families can talk to a guidance counselor.
—Those in a
college or university can contact the student Counseling Center or Health
—Connect to a
clinic or treatment facility associated with a local Medical School or
graduate training program in psychology, counseling or social work.
Department of Psychiatry at your local hospital.
—If there is a
university in your area, inquire whether they have a Depression Research
Center or other mental health services.
Professional Organizations That Can Provide Information or a Referral
Grassroots Support Organizations