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How to Seek Help From a Mental Health Professional


You've decided that it's time to seek help from a mental health professional, but where should you begin? Follow these steps to find help in your area.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 1 day

Here's How:

  1. Contact Your Health Care Provider

    If you have health insurance, the first thing you'll want to do is contact your health care provider. There should be a phone number or Web site listed on the back of your insurance card. That information will put you in touch with those who can best assist you in determining what is covered by your policy and how to go about selecting an appropriate mental health facility and/or provider in your area.
  2. Contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

    If you are uninsured, the first thing you'll want to do is contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at 1-877-267-2323 (TDD: 1-866-226-1819) to find out what services you may be eligible for.
  3. Access a List of Mental Health Organizations in Your State

    Contact specific mental health organizations in your state to learn about some unique programs you may qualify for. You can find a list of Mental Health Organizations by State on the Centers for Disease Control Web site. You can also link to your State Insurance Department Web site through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Web site.
  4. Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    You can reach the SAMHSA at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 or 1-877-726-4727.
  5. Call the Mental Health Hotline in Your State

    Call the Mental Health Hotline Number in your state. Most of these numbers are toll-free and available 24-hours a day.
  6. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or anyone else, contact the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255.
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