You or someone you know may be suffering from a mental illness at this very moment. In 2017 the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 46.6 million people living in the United States suffer from a mental illness, which is almost 1 out of every 5. That being said, approximately 50% of the population suffers from a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. Because mental illness is so prevalent, it is important to know that there are many different services and resources to help prevent, treat, and manage mental illnesses.
Here are a few resources for individuals that may be concerned about their mental health or struggle emotionally.
NYS Office of Mental Health: The New York state office of mental health offers an emotional support hotline: 1-844-863-9314
NYC Well: NYC residents can contact NYC WELL to speak to someone. Available 24/7.
Contact by phone (1-888-NYC-WELL), online chat https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/ or Text “Well” to 64173
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
HITE Site: HITE offers an online directory that provides information on more than 5000 health and social services that are available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.
Aunt Bertha: A social care network that connects verified social care providers and those who are seeking, in addition, it helps people search for free, low-cost medical care, mental health care, job training, food, housing, and more.
ACLU Teenagers, Healthcare, and the Law Guide: This article explains teenagers' rights to make their own medical decisions under New York State and federal law; this resource can also connect young people with medical providers, teachers, counselors, social workers.
Crisis Text Line: Providing free, 24/7 mental health support through text messages.
Text “HOME” to 741741
Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS): This service is a system that prevents, treats, and helps those who suffer from addiction recover.