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.


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Warning Signs

Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks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


Learn more about mental health conditions

Talking About It

Opening up about mental health is not easy, but talking to someone is the way to get help. 1 in 5 youth and young adults live with a mental health condition, and there is help and hope.

You can start by talking to family members, friends, teachers, professors, counselors, coaches, faith leaders, doctors and nurses.

Tips on what you can say if you are struggling with your mental health:

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?

Tips on what you can say if you a sibling, friend or classmate seems to be struggling with mental health:

I’m worried about [name] and I don’t know what to do. Can I talk to you about it?

I noticed that [name] seems to be having a really hard time lately. Can I talk to you about it?

Seeking 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?

NAMI-Taking-Charge-of-Your-Mental-Health (PDF infographic)

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 am to 3 pm PT for free mental health info, referrals and support. More from NAMI.

Navigating a Mental Health Crisis