Coping With Tragedy: Help Finding Mental Health Help

If you're having trouble coping with a tragedy, NBC 5 has put together a list of resources to help you find help.

For general information on mental health and to locate treatment services in your area, call the National Institute of Mental Health's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA also has a Behavioral Health Treatment Locator on its website that can be searched by location.

Other local and national advocacy and professional organizations have information on finding a mental health professional, and sometimes practitioner locators, on their websites. Some of those are listed below -- more can be found in our special section on mental health -- State of Mind.

The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a faith-based Independent Life Program offering housing, transportation, child care, food, clothing, education and more. Because when the cycles of abuse, poverty and helplessness are disrupted and transformed into self-supportiveness, generations of lives are saved. Find out more here.

Metrocare Services
Metrocare provides behavioral health, primary care, pharmacy, housing and supportive services, staffed a call center at NBC 5 Monday fielding calls from people with questions about mental or behavioral health. Find out more about their adult and adolescent programs here.

Mental Health America
With locations in Fort Worth and Dallas, MHA can help people locate a wide range of treatment and support. Find help here.

Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers
There are 39 MHMR community centers in Texas that provide community-based services across all 254 Texas counties. MHMR centers help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness and substance use disorders. To find a community center near you, click here.

The Texas Department of State Health Services
The Texas DSHS publishes a Suicide Prevention webpage complete with crisis hotlines, local mental health authority centers, resources for Veterans, as well as educational materials for schools. The state also published a video where DSHS employees talk about where Texans can get help in the video “Suicide Prevention Resources in Texas: Where to go if You or a Family Member Needs Help." Click here to visit the DSHS wepage. The suicide prevention video is embedded below.

Crisis Hotlines
The Texas DSHS maintains a list of state-wide crisis hotlines. See a complete list by clicking here.

Suicide Crisis
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is toll-free and available 24/7. Also, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website by clicking here.

There are a number of local and national organizations dedicated to preventing suicide and saving lives.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national suicide prevention and intervention telephone service funded by the Federal Government. Callers are redirected to a suicide and crisis center in North Texas where they can receive immediate assistance. If you are considering suicide or if you know someone considering suicide, you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help. En Espanol: Red Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454.

Call 911

If you believe someone may be an imminent threat to themselves, call 911.  Operators can dispatch police and medical help to the location or route your call to a crisis hotlines.

Go to a Hospital

If you believe someone may be having suicidal thoughts, a hospital can also provide immediate help to people at-risk of suicide. Doctors can assess if someone is in need of immediate inpatient treatment or recommend outpatient services where they can get help.

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