If you have urgent mental health needs, the Washington, DC Department of Behavior Health operates a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line called the Access Help Line: 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357. You can call the Access Helpline to get emergency psychiatric care, help with problem solving, or more information about mental health resources and services.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or just need someone to talk to, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental Health America ranks Washington, DC number 16 of all states in the United States for mental health care. While adult mental health care could be better in Washington, DC, the district ranks 1st for youth mental health care. There is greater prevalence of mental illness in DC, but the district is in the top 10 for access to mental health care.
NAMI Washington, DC
The National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI, is open to anyone struggling with mental illness. NAMI is an inclusive and community-based resource geared towards raising awareness and supporting group members on their journey to recovery. With group counseling sessions led by a trained member with a diagnosis (past or present), meetings follow a set of 12 principles for support. NAMI meetings are meant to complement your existing treatment plan with your counselor or psychologist. There are many chapters of NAMI that meet in Washington, DC. Find yours here.
Mental Health Resources and Services in Washington, DC
DC Support Link can connect residents of Washington, DC to local services and help, including mental health services, addiction and recovery services, support groups, and child/family programs.
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If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
Personalize your search and find the therapist near you that best suits your healing and development needs. By using our match tool, you can view counselors that specializes in your area of concern, and that are armed with the expertise and modalities needed for you to begin your journey to wellbeing.