If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many supports, services, and treatment options that may help.

There are many reputable hotlines you can contact for answers to questions about mental health or mental illness, including:

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA – If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center or text MHA to 741741 at the Crisis Text Line.

NAMIThe NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline –  1-800-273-8255. Crisis intervention and free emotional support are available, which is helpful when you need confidential assistance during a time of emotional distress for you or a loved one. The helpline is open 24/7, and a live online chat is available as well.

Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741. Specialized crisis counselors are just a text message away on this free, confidential 24-hour support line. To further protect your privacy, these messages do not appear on a phone bill. The text line also provides services and support if you are upset, scared, hurt, frustrated, or distressed.

The most important function of a mental health helpline is to connect you with treatment providers to reduce the impact mental illness has on your functioning. All calls to a hotline are private and confidential, which can ease the discomfort about making the call for some people. When you reach a hotline, you’ll speak to thoroughly trained hotline employees and volunteers.