top of page

National Resources


These are resources are available nationally and are not limited to Maryland residents.



Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Text: 1.800.799.4889

For Military veterans Press #1 when calling.

Available 24/7

National Suicide Hotline


LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline



Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

800.656.HOPE (4673)


Women Organized Against Rape Hotline


Counseling department based in Philadelphia.


National Domestic Violence Hotline


National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline



Treatment Referral


 SAMHSA Treatment Referral Routing Service


Depression and Bipolar Support

Disaster Distress Helpline


For stress, anxiety, and depression caused by crisis.


Depression and Bipolar Support


This is a crisis hotline for anyone in crisis 24/7 run by the National Mental Health Association.


Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association


9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday


Educational Websites

American Psychological Association

Focus: Current research, science


Mental Health America

Focus: General information about illness, policy

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Focus: Programs, treatment options, population data


National Alliance on Mental Illness

Focus: General information about illnesses, advocacy, local support groups for family

Student Mental Health

Focus: Information about electronic support resources

Active Minds

Focus: Programming, advocacy, college campuses


National Institute on Mental Health

Focus: General information about illnesses, research opportunities


American Psychiatric Association

Focus: General information about illnesses, find a psychiatrist tool


National Insitute on Drug Abuse

Focus: Information on addiction, drugs, treatment, research opportunities, and family resources

Bullying and LGBT Youth

Focus: Creating a safe environment, laws, and additional resources. Other areas of the website focus on other at-risk groups with more information on the fight against bullying.

Clinicians: Who Do I Need?

This is a medical doctor with an MD. They have competed medical school, internship, and residency studying the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. They can prescribe medication if they beileve it is necessary. These are doctors on a treatment team in addition (not in place of) a patient's primary care physician. Their viewpoint often embodies a biological and neurochemical perspective. Often effective in combination with interventions from a psychologist, but be sure to check with your doctor to determine what is best for you.


This is a doctor with a PhD often in some form of clinical or counseling psychology. While most cannot prescribe medication, they are trained to conduct psychological tests like IQ or personality tests, which a psychiatrist may not be equipped to provide. Psychologists may focus more strongly on behavioral, sleep, eating, and thought patterns. Interventions are more often behavioral than pharmacological. They may recommend therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or group therapy. These professionals are often effective in combination with treatment by a psychiatrist but be sure to check with your treatment team to determine what is best for you.


Social Worker

This is an indvidual with a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree with significant training in the field. They help individuals, families, and communities overcome difficult like challenges and prevent crisis by teaching coping skills. They enhance capacity for social functioning.

Occupational Therapists

This is an individual with at least a master's degree. According to The American Occupational Therapy Association, for people with mental health disorders, these therapists help patients "...develop the skills and obtain the supports necessary for independent, interdependent, productive living." The goal tends to be to improve quality of life and decrease hospitalization. However, they can also play a role to help develop skills in parenting, as well as at work and at school.

Case Managers

This is an individual who advocates, communicates, coordinates care, and identifies resources, services, and providers for their clients. Optimally, this is done in the most cost-effective way possible for both the client and the providers. These professionals must be certified.

bottom of page