Mental Health Crisis Response in Vermont
Health Care & Rehabilitation Resources has compiled a list of hotlines and services that you can reach out to if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis. The Department of Mental Health can also direct you to the appropriate hotline. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The State of Mental Health in Vermont
Vermont currently ranks 3rd in the United States for mental healthcare, and this is highly attributable to the Vermont Agency of Human Services - Department of Mental Health. DMH has committed to making mental health a cornerstone of health in Vermont. The current mental healthcare system seeks to improve the conditions and well-being of all residents, while protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Vermont does a stellar job providing the resources and services necessary to build resilience in their communities with compassion, determination, and efficiency. The DMH determines the standard of care that all Vermont residents can expect when they seek treatment from a licensed counselor or therapist; effective prevention, early intervention, and competent treatment in recovery are the three areas of focus.
Currently, the DMH is investing in peer support services in all phases of mental illness, from prevention, to treatment and recovery. The DMH is also looking into new approaches to treatment and evidence-based practices. These efforts, along with the support of the Financial Services Unit, ensure that all residents have access to the resources that promote their well-being and ability to prosper. This includes access to therapists, psychologists, and counselors throughout the state.
For assistance in navigating treatment for substance abuse, call the HeadRest 24/7 Hotline at 603-448-4400.
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 Vermont, including virtual meet-ups. Find yours here.
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