The American Mental Health Foundation receives a number of calls from individuals in emotional distress. As a research organization, AMHF does not provide services or specific recommendations.
Yet wanting to help, as part of the AMHF mission, the foundation long planned an elaborate listing of state-resource centers, to which any inquiring individual—whether a family member or someone in immediate need—could be referred.
However, such a compilation of links and phone numbers proved impractical. Many of the telephone numbers listed on the Internet change and are out of date seemingly on a monthly basis. Some links, in our research, no longer work (if they ever did).
If you are in a mental-health crisis, we direct you to call 911 or go straight to your local hospital-emergency room.
Although AMHF does not endorse any of the following online resources, each may be of help.
For emotional help related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) 2020 pandemic (of which related emotional problems have been called “the hidden pandemic”), in New York State click here, and there is CDC Service 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 741-741.
To find help through government offices in your county click here.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, also 800-273-TALK (8255).
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 issues involving cyberbullying, click here.
For many general issues relating to mental health, there is HealthFinder.
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: 1-888 NYCWell (1-888-692-9355); text “WELL” to 65173; English 1-888-692-9355; Spanish 1-888-692-9355, press 3; Mandarin or Cantonese 1-888-692-9355, press 4.
Some information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from Regis College: click here.
Serious loss of memory or other signs of demented behavior in a middle-aged or elder loved one or friend? 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.