National Resources

 

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

Hotlines

 

Suicide Prevention

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1.800.273.8255

or

Text: 1.800.799.4889

For Military veterans Press #1 when calling.

Available 24/7

National Suicide Hotline

800.784.2433

LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline

1.866.488.7386

911

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

800.656.HOPE (4673)

 

Women Organized Against Rape Hotline

215.985.3333

Counseling department based in Philadelphia.

 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1.800.799.7233

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

1.866.331.9474

 

Treatment Referral

 

 SAMHSA Treatment Referral Routing Service

1.800.622.4357

Depression and Bipolar Support

Disaster Distress Helpline

1.800.985.5990

For stress, anxiety, and depression caused by crisis.

 

Depression and Bipolar Support

800.273.8255

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

 

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

800.931.2237

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

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders

630.577.1330

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

 

Educational Websites

American Psychological Association

http://www.apa.org/

Focus: Current research, science

 

Mental Health America

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

Focus: General information about illness, policy

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://www.samhsa.gov

Focus: Programs, treatment options, population data

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

https://www.nami.org

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

 

Active Minds

http://www.activeminds.org/

Focus: Programming, advocacy, college campuses

 

National Institute on Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov

Focus: General information about illnesses, research opportunities

 

American Psychiatric Association

https://www.psychiatry.org

Focus: General information about illnesses, find a psychiatrist tool

 

National Insitute on Drug Abuse

https://www.drugabuse.gov/

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

Bullying and LGBT Youth

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

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?
 
Psychiatrist
 

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.

Psychologist
 

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.