Crisis Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255


Crisis Text Line

Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.


NAMI HelpLine

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) M–F, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. PT for free mental health info, referrals and support.


Find a Local NAMI

Know the Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions

Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks

Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so

Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors

Sudden, overwhelming fear for no reason

Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain

Seeing, hearing or believing things that are not real

Repeatedly using drugs or alcohol

Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits

Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still

Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities

Talk to Someone

Talk to someone: Family members, friends, teachers, professors, counselors, coaches, faith leaders, doctors and nurses.

Tips on what you can say:

I haven’t felt right lately and I don’t know what to do. Can I talk to you about it?

I’m worried about stuff that’s going on right now, do you have time to talk?

I’m having a really hard time lately, will you go with me to see someone?

Take Steps to Get Help

Contact your primary care doctor, to rule out other physical health conditions.

Be honest about what you’re feeling and be clear about what you want.

Ask for help finding a therapist or mental health specialist that works for you.

Keep in mind that it can take a while to get an appointment with a specialist. If you need to see a specialist right away, speak up to get an appointment sooner.

If the first mental health specialist you see isn’t a good fit, keep looking for one who works for you.

Be prepared to ask questions. For instance: If I have thoughts that scare me what should I do? How often should we meet? What can I do between appointments if I need help? Do I have to take medication? What does it help with? What are the side effects? How long will it take for me to feel better, a few days, weeks or months?

 

Be Involved with Your Recovery

Remember that you have control over living well.

Find a routine that works for you that includes a healthy diet, exercise and regular sleep patterns.

Stay close to your support network. Engage family, friends, teammates and your faith community. Think about joining an online community.

Be realistic and mindful of your needs and know your limits.

Keep a wellness log and monitor your progress.

Ask for changes if your treatment plan is not working for you.

Stick with it; most therapies and medications take time to work.

Try to be flexible with your treatment plan, which may change.

Try staying away from drugs and alcohol. This is not always easy, so find strategies that work. Using drugs or alcohol to feel better is harmful to you. If you use alcohol or drugs, be honest and tell your therapist or doctor because it affects your care plan.

Do your best to stay positive. Surround yourself with positive messages, people and activities. This will help you to feel better.

Continue doing what you love: reading, sports, writing, nature walks, creating art.

Know you are not alone. Lots of youth and young adults live with mental health conditions.