Mental Health Crisis Response in Hawaii
You can call the crisis line in Oahu at 808-832-3100. For residents of Kauai, Lanai, Molokai, Maui, & Hawaii, you may call 1-800-753-6879. Alternatively, if you are having thoughts of suicide, or need someone to talk to, you may call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The State of Mental Health in Hawaii
Hawaii ranks 12th in the United States for mental healthcare. The Adult Mental Health Division of the Department of Health is the agency responsible for implementing culturally competent, accessible, and integrated services into the current mental health system in Hawaii. Only 32% of adults with a mental health illness in Hawaii are receiving treatment, so the AMHD is working to make it easier for Hawaiian residents to link up with a therapist or counselor. This agency teams up with contracted private counselors, therapists, and psychologists to administer care to residents and provide integrated treatments. AMHD promotes wellness in all areas that promote self-sufficiency, including housing and employment as routes to recovery. You can find out if you are eligible for AMHD services, here.
Education, technology, and innovation are all central to Hawaii’s approach to recovery, with an eye on moving those with mental illness away from criminal justice systems and into rehabilitation programs. Training qualified therapists, counselors, and psychologists, ensures that Hawaii residents will be receiving high quality care. Through increasing awareness, and developing the psychiatric workforce, the State of Hawaii is armed with the priorities necessary to achieve their recovery initiatives.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse in Hawaii, use this guide to find your local resource. The list is categorized by communities, and schools.
If you are LGBTQ+ and you need support, contact The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386.
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 Hawaii, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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