Mental health is as important as physical health. It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well being. Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. There are many factors in these disorders, such as genes, family history, and life experiences. These government services can help you find someone to talk to, treatment options, and information on a wide range of mental health issues.
Talk to Someone About Depression and Other Mental Issues
If you do not have access to a health care professional, call for help with mental health problems:
- For emergency help, call 911.
- If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
- For help coping with stress, anxiety, or depression after a disaster, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
- If you are a veteran experiencing a crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
- To get a referral for mental health or substance abuse treatment, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Get Treatment for Mental Disorders
Find an option, such as a health center or behavioral health treatment facility, that best suits your needs:
- Locate a health center near you to make an appointment for mental health services.
- Find a behavioral health treatment facility. This includes services for mental health issues or substance abuse problems.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts research and clinical trials on many mental health issues. Learn how to participate in a clinical trial.
- Find mental health services for veterans. There are many options to help veterans and their family members deal with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues.
Find Mental Health Information
Get information about the warning signs of a mental health problem and how to talk about these issues with others:
- Learn how to talk about mental health—the facts, myths, and typical treatments—at MentalHealth.gov.
- Order mental health publications for help with a wide range of mental health issues, conditions, and disorders.