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Mental Health Resources

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Mental health disorders are more common than you may think. Almost half of all U.S. adults will experience a mental health challenge at some point over the course of their lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. If you are experiencing a mental health challenge, remember that you are not alone. While it may feel overwhelming, seeking help is the most important and courageous thing you can do for yourself. Mental health and wellness are for everyone!

Refer to the following resources to get connected with crisis lines, therapy providers, and mental health professionals; and explore mental health tools, worksheets, and apps.

NOTE: The tools, worksheets, exercises, and apps listed are not substitutes for clinical mental health assessment and treatment. We are not licensed, mental health professionals.

Suicide Prevention Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention: 24/7 suicide hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat–  a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat that is available 24/7
  • Trevor Lifeline- 24/7 crisis & suicide hotline, text line, and web chat, 1-866-488-7386; provides crisis & suicide intervention & prevention to LGBTQ+ youth under 25
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line-  24/7 crisis & suicide hotline, text line, and web chat, Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; Text 838255
  • Crisis Text Line: 24/7 textline, Text ‘HOME’ to 741741 to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor
  • Now Matters Now – offers suicide prevention stories, articles, and research based tools for “managing the most painful moments of life”

College/University Mental Health Services

Students can access counseling, psychiatric, and preventative services through their university’s mental health centers. NOTE: due to high demand, students may be placed on waitlists to receive counseling services. Ask your school or campus mental health services for additional resources and community referrals

 

Free/ Low-cost/ Sliding scale counseling, teletherapy, & support groups (Austin area):

NOTE: Many or all of these counseling services have switched to a virtual setting or teletherapy

  • SAFE Austin–  free, confidential counseling and therapeutic services for survivors (adults, children, teens, and families) during their healing process to help move beyond the violence and trauma in multiple languages, including Spanish and American Sign Language
  • Lifeworks– free/ affordable support for individuals and families who are struggling with issues such as family conflict, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and the stress of everyday life
  • Capital Area Counseling– sliding scale counseling for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in English and Spanish. Group therapy is also available
  • YWCA Greater Austin- sliding scale counseling,  offers trauma-informed, multi-lingual, multicultural services for individuals, couples, families, youth and groups
  • Vida Clinic affordable counseling services for individual, family, and group therapy. Partners with a variety of insurance plans and offers self-pay rates upon request.
  • Waterloo Counseling Center– offers Individual Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling, Group Counseling. Expertise in: LGBTQIA+ and Coming Out Issues, Concerns about Living with HIV, Abuse/Trauma Issues, and Depression and Anxiety. Accepts a variety of insurance plans; sliding-scale
  • NAMI Central Texas – offers free online support groups, classes, workshops, presentations. Offers resources for parents/caregivers/friends/family of children/individuals with mental illness
  • NAMI Greater Houston– offers free online support groups, classes, workshops, presentations. Offers resources for parents/caregivers/friends/family of children/individuals with mental illness
  • Christi Center– offers free, ongoing support groups for adults grieving the loss of a child, spouse, parent, sibling or other loved one
  • Psychology Today: Find a Therapist – directory for therapists and mental health professionals  based on your zipcode. Allows you to find therapists based on cost and sliding scale
 
 

Hotlines (Free)

  • Integral Care (Travis County): 24/7 crisis & suicide hotline, 512-472-HELP (4357)
  • Bluebonnet Trails (Williamson County): 24/7 crisis hotline, 1-800-841-1255
  • Family Crisis Center (Bastrop County): 24/7 crisis hotline, 1-888-311-7755
  • Avail Solutions (Hays County): 24/7 Crisis Hotline, 1-877-466-0660
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7 helpline. Provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters and treatment referral routing service, 1-800-985-5990
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline: daily from 7 am-10 pm CST. Domestic and or sexual violence helpline specifically for Native communities, 1−844-762-8483
  • Trans Lifeline: 24/7 crisis hotline. Provides direct emotional and financial support for trans people in crisis,  877- 565-8860
  • National Parent Helpline: Monday- Friday 12 PM – 9 AM CST. Provides emotional support and advocacy for parents, 1-855-2736
  • Parents Helping Parents–  24/7 parent stress line  for parents who need to discuss issues related to their children, 1-800-632-8188
  • SAFEline: 24/7 hotline for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and child abuse, 512-267-SAFE (7233)
  • WarmLine: Monday- Thursday 12-8 PM, Friday 12-4 PM. Warmline providing space for those needing to talk about the stress and challenges they’ve been facing, 512-548-YWCA (9922)
  • Military One Source– 24/7 warmline that offers free non-medical counseling to children and family members of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Department of Defense Civilians, and school staff.

Text Lines (Free)

  • Crisis Text Line: 24/7 suicide and crisis text line. Text ‘HOME’ to 741741
  • Disaster Distress Text Line: 24/7 distress and crisis text line for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters and treatment referral routing service. Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746
  • SAFEline: 24/7 text line and chat for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and child abuse.Text (737)888-7233 or Click Here for live chat
  • Trevor Text: 24/7 suicide and crisis text line  for LBTGQ+ Youth under 25. Text ‘START’ to 678-678
 

COVID-19 Specific Resources:

 

If you feel unsafe in your current location:

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