One of the challenges of living with a mental health issue – either yours or that of someone whose life you’re involved in – is that sometimes an incident quickly escalates from “under control” to crisis level.

If you need help immediately, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) lists several resources on standby for just such moments. They are:

National Council for Behavioral Health:

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255; TTY: 1-800-799-4889
This is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.

SAMHSA National Helpline
1-800-662-4357; TTY: 1-800-487-4889
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Veteran’s Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255; TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

If you’re looking for treatment programs, you may want to check out these resources:

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Alcohol and drug abuse treatment or mental health treatment facilities and programs around the country; searchable by address, city, or zipcode.

Buprenorphine Physician & Treatment Program Locator
Information on locating physicians and treatment programs authorized to treat opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers; searchable by address, city, or zipcode.

Opoid Treatment Program Directory
Treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers; listed by city within states.

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