30 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist
Nearly every person could benefit from mental health therapy, but it can be terribly expensive. Thankfully, there’s a whole world of free help available to help you with just about every issue, whether kicking an addiction, managing emotions, finding a group of like-minded peers, or recovering from trauma. To save you some searching, I’ve compiled a list of 30 great mental health call centers and support groups available to everyone. They’re arranged alphabetically by type.
Call Centers and Hotlines:
1. Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center: 1-888-694-2273
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder or suffer from symptoms of BPD, the social workers staffing the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center’s hotline can give you information about local resources and provide immediate phone counseling.
2. Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
If you’ve been the victim of a disaster, this is your go-to contact for counseling and relief. The trained counselors staffing the Disaster Distress Hotline provide help to those suffering in the after hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, and earthquakes as well as incidences of mass violence or health epidemics. The call center is also open to friends and family members of victims. An alternative way to connect: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
3. GLBT National Help Line: 1-888-843-4564
If you need are bullied for your sexual orientation or need to talk to someone about coming out or navigating same-sex relationships, look no further than the GLBT National Help Line. Run by peers and allies of the LGBTQ community, this hotline is ready to hear your concerns and can connect you to the GLBT National Help Center’s massive list of resources for LGBTQ-friendly services and organizations in your area.
4. GLBT National Help Center for Youth: 1-800-246-7743
This call center is similar to the national help line, but specifically tailored to those under 21. This version for youth lets young LGBTQ-identified individuals dial in to talk about hardships faced in their day-to-day lives. Callers can also get access to a ton of resources to help well into their 20’s and beyond.
5. GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: 1-800-832-1901
If you’ve been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and you identify as LGBTQ, this hotline can help. It’s free and confidential and offers you the opportunity to speak with a counselor and to obtain information about safety plans, safe houses, legal resources, and additional crisis intervention options.
6. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-800-931-2237
If you, a loved one, or friend need help with eating disorders, ANAD’s national helpline is there for you. Whether you’re looking for immediate counseling or recommendations for treatment and support, this is the number to call. If you prefer to connect with a counselor but aren’t interested in phone contact, you can also take advantage of ANAD’s services via email.
7. National Crime Victim Helpline: 1-800-394-2255
This helpline can connect you to any resources you might need if you’ve been the victim of any crime, from directing you to specific counseling centers and resources to connecting you with legal advice. Whatever the situation, this hotline is a trustworthy first step in getting help for victims of crime.
8. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7223
Available 24/7, domestic violence advocates are available to help those trapped in dangerous home situations. This is a great free resource for counseling and access to resources in your area that can help you form a safety and refuge plan.
9. National Eating Disorder Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
This is a great starting point if you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder. The trained NEDA representatives at this hotline will hook you up with information about eating disorders, treatment options, and referrals.
10. National Organization for Victim Assistance: 1-800-879-6682
Whether you’re a victim or a witness to a crime, NOVA’s hotline can help you. Though the association doesn’t offer counseling, NOVA representatives can connect you within minutes to a counseling hotline that best meets your needs. They can also provide information about crime and crisis recovery as well as referrals to victim advocacy.