One of the main inquiries I get in my inbox are questions about resources and where to turn during a mental crisis, life crisis or when you simply want to begin the journey of therapy and mental, spiritual growth. I believe one of the many reasons people don’t get the help that they need is because they simply don’t know where to turn or how to begin. So I wanted to dedicate this page as a hub for resources and I will continue to add to this page over time as more services come to my attention!
Where to Begin
Should I be seeing a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, mental health social worker? One of the common factors of confusion is what type of services one should be checking into. So here is a list of the different types of mental health professionals, from therapists to psychiatrists and the type of services they provide for your specific needs.
One of the most common ways to begin your search for immediate help is through your insurance provider to refer you to mental health services that are under your coverage. Call them and find out what mental health services and which professionals your insurance covers in your area.
If you or your loved one is a college student, most colleges have a clinician on staff who can provide counseling services as a part of student services. Check in with your school’s health center for more details. They usually allow a certain number of visits per semester and can refer you to more local help if you require services beyond them.
In the US, check out HealthCare.gov to see if you or your loved one qualifies for free or low-cost insurance which covers mental health services.
211- United Way or 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across the U.S. and in many parts of Canada find the local resources they need. Whether it be a mental crisis, housing crisis, disaster, employment, health, food needs, etc. they are here to help refer you to services in your area. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.211.org or you can simply dial 211.
There are two things I want to share when looking for a mental health professional to help you through your process:
- It takes a little time to build a therapeutic relationship and that’s okay. Let’s face it, you’re coming face to face with someone you’ve never met and are about to disclose maybe some of the deepest darkest things you’ve never shared before. Hopefully, the person you’re seeing will help you feel safe and comfortable enough to do so. However, I caution against being quick to dismiss therapy simply because it’s not clicking right away. Like most relationships it takes a little time. Time for them to assess where you are and time for you both to build a relationship that feels genuine and authentic. Allow yourself that time. And remember at the end of the day if it’s just not working out, as discouraging as that can be, commit to your recover by continuing to seek someone who might be a better fit for you. It happens.
- Getting the help you need should be a priority. I know a lot of Christians who only want to see a Christian mental health professional and that’s wise to have someone who is able to integrate spiritual formation with your mental health journey. There are many amazing counselors and therapists in the field who do a great job of this as you’ll see referred to in the resources below. However, you also want competency all the same in whoever you are seeing. When we see a doctor because something is wrong with our bodies we don’t tend to question their faith because we understand that they still have the skills and tools and understand what it takes to objectively help us heal. In many serious cases it’s most important to get the tools and practical skills you need from someone who is trained to help and consider looking to our church community for the aspect of our spiritual formation.
That being said, here are a few resources to check out!
- To find nearby treatment services, call 1-800-662-HELP .
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK
- You can text NAMI to 741-741 for NAMI’s text crisis line.
- Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
- National Crisis Line for Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
- The NAMI helpline (U.S. based) 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org can help answer questions about mental health issues including:
- Symptoms of mental health conditions
- Treatment options
- Local support groups and services
- Education programs
- Helping family members get treatment
- Programs to help find jobs
- Legal issues (the NAMI Legal Resource Service can connect individuals with attorneys in their area but does not have the resources to provide individual representation) They can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
- You can also visit NAMI.org and click “Find Support” for resources in your area.
- TalkSpace offers online therapy services and through their app at https://www.talkspace.com
- Check out PsychologyToday.com, Find a Therapist, for a search of different mental health professionals in your area. You can see what they specialize in and what types of services they offer as well as what types of insurance they accept.
- Open Path is a “non-profit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to individuals, couples, children, and families in need.”
- Low Cost Help is national directory of affordable and sliding scale counseling services: www.lowcosthelp.com
- Mental Health America provides free online mental health screenings to help determine if you’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Check those out here.
- Drug Rehab helps equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.
- The American Association of Christian Counselors and Find a Counselor.
- At PsychologyToday.com you can also filter your search for “Christian” if you’re looking for a Christian therapist.
- Faithful Counseling offers online therapy services with Christian licensed therapists at www.faithfulcounseling.com
- Celebrate Recovery is a “Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life.” Groups are usually hosted in the local church but you can find locations near you here.
If you know of any resources in your country, outside of the US where I’m located, let me know in the comments below and I’m happy to add them here!
- Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- The SANE Help Centre provides the information, guidance, and referrals you need to manage mental health concerns at www.sane.org/get-help
- Depression and Anxiety Helpline: 0800 70 80 90