Help

If you are in a mental-health crisis, we direct you to call 911 or go straight to your local hospital-emergency room.

Although The American Mental Health Foundation does not endorse any of the following online resources, each may be of help.

For emotional help related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 (of which related emotional problems have been called “the hidden pandemic”), in New York State click here, and there is CDC Services as well as these Helpline and Hotline phone numbers: 1-800-985-5990 and 1-844-863-9314 (New York State Emotional Support Hotline). The Mayo Clinic provides recommendations for maintaining emotional health, which you can access by clicking here. The Domestic Violence Helpline (especially for frontline workers) is 1-844-997-2121. New York State insurers were instructed by the governor, for the duration of the pandemic, to waive copays with respect to mental-health services and frontline workers. Frontline workers also can text NYFRONTLINE to 741741.

– Troubling evidence is reported of rare connections, cognitive and emotional, following COVID-19.

– COVID-19 vaccines’ policies: with respect to the U.S. allocation, dated November 2020, find the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which includes findings and recommendations based on income disparities, ethnicity, age, as well as regarding individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD / I/DD).

To find general help through government offices in your county click here.

– Suicide: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 988 or online-chat here. Another respected help-resource is Speaking of Suicide: click here.

For general-support groups click here.

For veterans, contact Veterans Crisis Line, also 800.273.8255 (TALK): see above.

Especially for young people, although (to repeat) AMHF does not endorse any action in an emotional crisis beyond speaking with a trusted and responsible adult, your doctor, or dialing 911, Crisis Text Line has come to our attention.

(For younger individuals seeking to get involved in the social dimensions of individuals’ emotional distress, DoSomething may be a guide and resource. For more on stress and young people, click here.)

For issues involving cyberbullying, click here.

For help related to eating disorders click here.

For many general issues relating to mental health, there is HealthFinder.

For substance abuse, there is Addiction Resource. For elders, click here. Also see Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI): or 877.726.4727.

Click here and here for issues involving the autism spectrum; here for issues specifically surrounding sensory overload for a variety of information-and-support networks.

In New York City: Thrive NYC. Can also call: 888-NYCWell (888.692.9355); text “WELL” to 65173; English 888.692.9355; Spanish 888.692.9355, press 3; Mandarin or Cantonese: same “888” number and press 4.

Some information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from Regis College: click here.

Loss of memory, Severe or Not or other signs of demented behavior in a middle-aged or, particularly, an elder? See this link to the National Institute of Health/NIA. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association has a Web site and phone number plus this link to contact political representatives; and there is the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Special-needs and elders legal services click here.

Looking for a therapist? Psychology Today has a reliable way to search. Click here.