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Where to Go for Help
If you're unsure where to go for help, check the Yellow Pages under "mental health," "health," "social services," "suicide prevention," "crisis intervention services," "hotlines," "hospitals," or "physicians" for phone numbers and addresses. In times of crisis, the emergency room doctor at a hospital may be able to provide temporary help for an emotional problem, and will be able to tell you where and how to get further help.

Listed below are the types of people and places that will make a referral to, or provide, diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Family doctors

  • Mental health specialists, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or mental health counselors

  • Health maintenance organizations

  • Community mental health centers

  • Hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics

  • University- or medical school-affiliated programs

  • State hospital outpatient clinics

  • Family service, social agencies, or clergy

  • Private clinics and facilities

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Local medical and/or psychiatric societies

Medications - Psychotherapies - Herbal Therapy


How to Help Yourself

How Family and Friends Can Help the Depressed Person



Brain and Mental Health


References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health


last update: February 2009


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