If you or someone you know is in crisis, please seek help immediately. Contact the following organizations for information about 24-hour crisis services in your area:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 24 hour toll-free crisis hotline, 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) can put you into contact with your local crisis center that can tell you where to seek immediate help in your area.
The Child-Help USA 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) crisis line assists both child and adult survivors of abuse, including sexual abuse. The hotline, staffed by mental health professionals, also provides treatment referrals.
The Military Helpline offers free, anonymous help 24/7/365 to active-duty service members, veterans and their families through telephone support and texting. The texting service for our Military Helpline operates from 0900 to 1500 Pacific Standard Time and can be reached by texting MIL1 to 839863 between 0900 and 1500 Pacific Time.
YouthLine offers a confidential teen-to-teen phone line and texting to help youth deal with bullying, depression, substance abuse or other issues that can make those years especially painful. To reach YouthLine call 1-877-968-8491 or texting teen2teen to 839863.
For referral to individual mental health providers:
GoodTherapy offers a searchable database of over 1600 counselors and therapists worldwide. GoodTherapy is dedicated to promoting healthy counseling and psychotherapy.
Medicare Physician Compare can assist you in finding a physician who is enrolled in Medicare.
Oregon Health Authority may be able to assist you in finding a provider who accepts Medicaid.
Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory allows you to search for mental health professionals in your area. For each provider listed, you can read about their therapy approach, specialty areas, information about their fees including whether they accept insurance and whether they offer sliding scale fees, as well as their credentials and contact information. There are a variety of options for sorting your results to find providers who most closely match your needs. You can also send them an initial e-mail.
Therapist Referral Network at 1-800-843-7274 provides referrals to individual mental health professionals. Providers participate in a variety of insurance plans. Some offer affordable fee structures and may accept Medicare and Medicaid.
University and college students contact your schools’ Counseling Center for services.
- Clackamas Community College
- Oregon State University
- Portland Community College
- Portland State University
- University of Oregon
Professional provider associations that provide treatment referral services include:
- American Counseling Association
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- American Association of Pastoral Counselors
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
- National Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapists
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
Professional provider organizations that serve specific audiences include:
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
- Association of Black Psychologists
- Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Other organizations that offer specialized treatment referral services included:
- AllTreatment.com is a drug rehab center directory and substance abuse information resource
- Addiction Center is a web guide that connects individuals struggling with addiction to treatment options
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America: Treatment Centers
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Autism Society of America
- The Balanced Mind Foundation (formerly the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation)
- Behavioral Tech, LLC (treatment referrals for borderline personality disorder)
- Brain Injury Association of America and http://www.biausa.org/state-affiliates.htm (list of their state offices)
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (patient to patient recommendation section)
- Freedom from Fear (treatment referrals for anxiety and depression; Use the Finding Help/Resources option on the left hand side of the home page)
- Give an Hour ( a non-profit organization offering free mental health services for returning Veterans and their loved ones through a network of mental health professionals who volunteer their time)
- Hospice Foundation of America at 1-800-868-5171(grief counseling)
- International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (See Find a Doctor Online under “Information and Resources” on right-hand side of the home page)
- International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
- Male Survivor (treatment referrals for men who have been sexually abused)
- National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANDA) A description of various types of therapy used in treating people with eating disorders
- National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Dept. of Veterans Affairs PTSD Information Center offers information about PTSD and its treatment. Look for box on the right hand side of the page “Where to Get Help” to access the section of the site with links to the VA facilities locator and other informational resources)
- National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
- National Eating Disorders Association
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization at 1-800-658-8898 (grief counseling)
- Postpartum Support International (Use the Find Local Support, Resources, and Events option to find contact information for the State Coordinator for your state to get a list of psychiatrists and therapists in your area who specialize in reproductive-related mood disorders in women of all ages).
- Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (counseling centers throughout the U.S.)
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives (treatment referrals for self injury)
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (You can go to Finding Help for Sexually Abused Children and click on the National Network Members page option, to search by state for programs in your area.)
- TARA at 1-888-482-7227 (Treatment and Research Advancements National Association for Personality Disorder; treatment referrals for borderline personality disorder)
- TRICARE (mental health services for military personnel and their families)
*Adapted from Mental Health America
National organizations that lead the way in research and program development:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides resources to those affected by suicide and raise awareness to those who have not. Their mission statement: “Save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.”
American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure human care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders.
American Psychological Association (APA) is the leading organization representing psychology in the United States. Their mission statement: “To advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.”
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an organization that provides health care and other benefits to Service Members, Veterans and their dependents.
Mental Health First Aid is an organization that offers an 8-hour course to educate people on how to identify, understand and then respond to those showing signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.
Mental Health America: is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs that aims to help those exposed to trauma and PTSD through research and education on these subjects.
National Institute of Mental Health is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They are the leading federal agency in research on mental disorders.
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation. They work to bring awareness, support and education on mental illness within the many communities they work within.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their mission statement: “To reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.