Getting Help

Get Help

It takes courage to speak up and seek help.

Here are a wide set of accessible tools for your mental health.


Help-seeking Tendencies in Adolescents

  • Healthy help-seeking response
  • Poor/no help-seeking response

 

Immediate Care

If you are having suicidal thoughts and need immediate help, calling a lifeline or checking in to a hospital will alleviate symptoms and begin long term care.


Lifelines

Lifelines are telephone and text help lines offering 24-hour service. If you would like to talk to someone about how you are feeling, or want to learn about additional or local mental health care services, contact one of the following.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Trevor Project  Suicide Hotline
  • Crisis Text Line

It is important to know that calling a lifeline is a short term action and not to be considered a long term solution.

Calling 911

Ask for an ambulance for a mental health crisis. If you are calling for a wellness check, or are not sure if someone is actually in the process of harming themselves CALL ANYWAY. Never hesitate to call, even if it turns out the individual was in fact not harming themselves. You Are Never Doing Something Wrong If You Are Acting to Save a Life.  

Keys to remember…

  • Indicate to the operator that it is a mental health crisis…
  • Inform the operator if the individual is armed danger to others

Hospitalization & Inpatient Care

Hospitalization refers to an admission to a hospital, following a voluntary or involuntary check-in at the emergency room. Examples of voluntary check-ins are calling 911 for yourself or going to the ER of your own accord.

  • If you are having suicidal thoughts and may act on them, it is important to go to the ER of the nearest hospital and to directly state you need immediate help for suicidal ideation or behavior.
  • An involuntary check-in may refer to a parent checking in their underage child, or a medical professional advising hospitalization to a patient at risk of harming themselves or others.
  • Inpatient care refers to the treatment received by someone admitted to a hospital for over 24 hours. This includes a period of observation, in which a patient’s mental health is evaluated. Treatment is usually composed of therapy and medication.  

Ongoing Care

Counseling

A good first step is approaching a counselor, as they are trained in defining and providing information on various mental health services and treatments. They can help you find tools and ways to manage mental health challenges in order to lead a fulfilling life. Additionally, they can offer advice and, sometimes, certain forms of therapy.

Outpatient Care

Outpatient care describes mental health treatment and services you receive from a hospital after or outside of hospitalization. This can include medication, counseling, and different types of therapy.

Therapy

Therapy is designed to recognize the root causes of mental health problems and to work through them. It encompasses different approaches, such as cognitive behavioral treatment, familial therapy or trauma-focused therapy. A large focus is a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors, and the interconnectedness of these components. Different types of mental health professionals can provide therapy, namely therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Psychologist

Psychologists are mental health professionals with a college education and university degree. They can provide psychological evaluations, assessments and testing. Furthermore, they can diagnose symptoms and disorders. A psychologist offers regularly-scheduled therapy, but may not prescribe medication.

Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a medical professional. He or she can offer the same services as a psychologist and can additionally prescribe medication.

Navigating Care

Finding a mental health professional you are content with is a process. Think of this in the same way that one might find a personal doctor. You may or may not find someone you are comfortable with the first time out.

If you have a personal physician, that is one place to ask. School guidance counselors, as well as some religious institutions, can give informed suggestions on counseling services. Another method is using websites and locators on the internet, such as SAMSHA.

Non-profit organizations that focus on suicide and mental health can provide a more personalized navigation of services. Organizations like Hope For The Day would research available resources with an attention to specific details and make advanced inquiries to narrow references.

In any direction you go, when you have identified a potential professional, it is best to initiate contact by phone or email and explore the professional’s methods and attitudes before making a professional appointment.

Trust your gut on their ‘bedside manner’, because being comfortable with the professional is essential to positive results. If you are comfortable, then proceed from there with an in-person appointment. Don’t be hesitant to ask questions about costs.