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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Last Updated: 08/30/2022

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Welcome to the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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The Locator is authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255, Section 9006; 42 U.S.C. 290bb-36d). SAMHSA endeavors to keep the Locator current. All information in the Locator is updated annually from facility responses to SAMHSA’s National Substance Use and Mental Health Services Survey (N-SUMHSS). New facilities that have completed an abbreviated survey and met all the qualifications are added monthly. Updates to facility names, addresses, telephone numbers, and services are made weekly for facilities informing SAMHSA of changes. Facilities may request additions or changes to their information by sending an e-mail to [email protected], by calling the BHSIS Project Office at 1-833-888-1553 (Mon-Fri 8-6 ET), or by electronic form submission using the Locator online application form (intended for additions of new facilities).

Mental health | Sotsiaalministeerium

In developing mental health policy, the Ministry of Social Affairs follows the World Health Organization definition and the pyramid of psychological well-being and health services.

The World Health Organization describes mental health as a state of well-being in which a person realizes their potential, copes with the stresses of everyday life, is able to study and work successfully, and contribute to society. Thus, mental health means more than the absence of a mental or neurological disorder. It is an important and integral part of human health and the basis for the well-being and efficient functioning of society.

Mental health depends on many protective and risk factors. Psychological well-being can be maintained and strengthened. It is important to amplify the positive impact of contributing factors so that they outweigh the negative impact of circumstances that increase vulnerability.

Prevention and information

Good mental health is a resource that deserves continued attention and support. It is an invariable part of the general well-being of a person, helping him to adapt to the environment, perceive, interpret, and, if necessary, change it.

Everyone can contribute to mental health. Good relationships with loved ones, friends, work and study colleagues, a healthy lifestyle, sufficient rest and sleep, the possibility of self-realization - these important factors that protect mental well-being should be paid attention to by any person.

In the case of primary mental health problems, it is important to review your lifestyle and make it as safe as possible. Useful self-help tips can be found on the websites and

A serious responsibility for promoting psychological well-being lies with everyone who shapes the working and learning environment. A supportive, bully-free and positive environment allows for a better development of a person's potential, a reasonable work organization prevents employee burnout, conflicts and high employee turnover.

Strategic partnerships

The Ministry of Social Affairs supports the activities of strategic partners and individual projects through tax revenues from gambling. In 2022-2024, three strategic mental health partnership projects receive funding:

  • Suicide Prevention through Knowledge, Skills and Services, MTÜ Peaasjad

The project provides mental health first aid training throughout Estonia, informs the media on how to report on mental health issues, provides support to relatives of suicide victims, and provides other counseling services.
For the Ministry of MTÜ, Peaasjad acts as an expert on suicide prevention and mental health issues, developing these and other topics on the website.

  • "Importance of mental health issues and their promotion through communication", MTÜ Eesti Vaimse Tervise ja Heaolu Koalitsioon (VATEK)

The Estonian Mental Health and Wellbeing Coalition (VATEK) brings together organizations active in the field of mental health and is a partner of the Ministry in the field of mental health education for the public based on scientific and evidence-based principles. The project supports networking, trainings and Mental Health Month events, as well as the development of the VATEK and websites.
VATEK - takes part in projects of the Ministry for the development and implementation of mental health policies. During the COVID-19 pandemic and the war refugee crisis, VATEK cooperates with the Ministry to improve the exchange of information between various organizations and departments.

  • “Prevention of gambling addiction and support for people suffering from gambling addiction and their relatives”, NGO Counseling Center for combating gambling addiction

Within the framework of the project, various services are offered to people suffering from gambling and digital addiction, as well as their relatives. These include counseling and therapy (individual and family), support groups for loved ones, debt counseling. The Counseling Center is also engaged in the development of the field, including conducting trainings, organizing monitoring of the prevalence of gambling addiction, and is a partner of the Ministry in the field of raising public awareness about the problem and reducing stigma.

Community support

Community support is an excellent and daily tool to help promote mental health, but it is not aimed directly at providing psychological help.

Mental health is supported by support from family, loved ones, friends and neighbors, we also include projects initiated by volunteers, counseling and cooperation groups for patients and service users, health promotion services, professional initiatives in the workplace and mental health activists, etc.

A huge potential at the level of local governments are community leaders, activists who organize joint activities and activities of interest for different age groups (for example, children's singing and dancing clubs, sports movements, singing choirs, craft circles, rural community events, etc.). ). Available leisure and hobbies support face-to-face communication and a sense of community, promote social interaction within the community, help alleviate loneliness, and give people the joy of fulfillment and a sense of belonging to a group.

The environment also makes a significant contribution to mental health. For example, the presence of health trails, bike paths, activity areas that allow people to lead a mobile lifestyle in a safe environment and engage in various sports.

In religious communities, as ancillary activities or as services, there are activities that support people's mental health, such as counseling. The goal is to support and help those who belong to the ward cope with life crises, trauma, loneliness, alienation and helplessness, illness, and grief.

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Last updated 10/27/2022

World Mental Health Day.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. 10.10.2022 15:21

World Mental Health Day has been celebrated at the initiative of the World Health Organization since 1992 in order to raise public awareness of mental health problems.

The theme for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2022 is “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority.”

World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness among all segments of the population about the prevention of disorders and diseases.

Mental health is an important component of human health and is characterized by the absence of mental or psychosomatic diseases, normal age-related development of the psyche, and a favorable (normal) functional state.

The high importance of mental health can be judged by the definition of health given in the Constitution of the World Health Organization (hereinafter referred to as WHO): "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

According to the WHO, “Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person can fulfill their own potential, withstand the normal stresses of life, work productively and productively, and contribute to their community.”

The WHO has stated that today there are more than 450 million people on the planet suffering from mental illness, every second person in the world has a chance of developing a mental disorder during their lifetime.

The most common mental illness is depression. Depression and neurotic disorders are becoming epidemic and are in second place after the pathology of the heart and blood vessels. In addition, mental disorders are risk factors for the development of other diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc. ), as well as causing unintentional and intentional injuries. Therefore, one of the main objectives of World Mental Health Day is to reduce the prevalence of depressive disorders, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, drug addiction, epilepsy, and mental retardation.

The harbingers of mental illness are stresses, which are promoted by information overload, political and economic cataclysms, and which have become an integral part of the life of a modern person.

According to official statistical reports, in Russia in 2020, the psychiatric service of the country observed 3,849,701 people, among whom 28% were patients with psychosis and dementia, 21% with mental retardation and 51% with non-psychotic mental disorders. 384,519 people applied for help in 2020people, among whom with non-psychotic mental disorders 73%.

In Russia, the number of patients registered in 2020: 975.2 per 100 thousand people, in the North-West Federal District - 1012.2 per 100 thousand people, in St. Petersburg - 1237.1 per 100 thousand people. population. (

How to maintain your mental health?

1. Power. Food affects both physical and mental health, it's not in vain that they say "You are what you eat." Excess consumption of certain foods (salt, sugar, onions, garlic, chili peppers, carbonated drinks) can increase the production of hormones in the body that contribute to anger and irritability during times of emotional stress. Drinking plenty of water, on the contrary, helps to manage emotions.

2. Physical activity . Physical health is closely related to mental health. Exercise not only strengthens the muscles, the heart, but also contributes to the formation of hormones - endorphins, which improve mood and act as natural energy. It is important to correctly combine physical activity and sufficient rest (from 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night), to rest on time, and not when you “fall over from fatigue. ” Walking outdoors with enough sunlight (10 to 15 minutes per day).

3. Accept your feelings . Anger, sadness, fear, and a sense of failure of ideals or goals are all very unpleasant, and many try to avoid anxiety by rejecting these feelings from themselves. Sometimes, in an effort to avoid anxiety, people try to hide their emotions, which can lead to destructive behavior - false detachment or composure. By trying to suppress emotions, a person loses the ability to perceive the normal joys and sorrows that are part of our relationships with other people. Unpleasant emotions are a normal reaction to many (not normal) situations. There is no reason to be ashamed of homesickness or fear when you learn to ski or get angry when someone cheats on you. These emotions are natural and it is better to acknowledge them than to deny them. When emotions cannot be expressed directly (for example, it is foolish to reprimand your boss), you can find another way to relieve tension: a long walk, playing with a tennis ball, or discussing the situation with a friend may help to dissipate anger.

4. Manage your emotions. The ability to manage anger and negative emotions is an important factor in good mental health and an indicator of emotional intelligence. There are certain techniques (counting from 20 to 0, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques) that can be used to combat anger and irritability, such as yoga and meditation. It is necessary to choose for yourself an adequate way of expressing negative emotions (speak, breathe, draw ...). You can speak by naming your feelings: “I feel ... when ...”. Instead of: “You are deceiving me”, it is better: “I feel cheated”, instead of: “You are a rude person”, it is better to say: “I am very upset by the way you talk to me”, “I feel upset when you talk to me that's how they talk."

5. Know your weaknesses . Knowing what situations make you upset or overreacting can help keep you stress-free. You can avoid them or try to understand what it is about them that bothers you. If you try to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort, you may be able to see the situation in a new light.

6. Change your thinking from negative to positive . First you need to stop pumping yourself up with negative information every day, stop criticizing the existing order, objectionable neighbors, colleagues, etc. Learning to notice and enjoy the simplest things: the first spring flower, the long-awaited vacation that you will spend with the whole family, the new store that was built next to your house ...

7. Careful planning and breaks in work will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Many people are particularly anxious when they are under pressure. A strategy that purposefully leaves you more time than you think you need to get to your business meeting will help eliminate this source of stress.

8. Develop your talents and interests . Bored and unhappy people rarely have many interests in life. Modern educational programs provide almost unlimited opportunities for people of all ages to explore their talents in many areas, including sports, science, music, art, theater and crafts.

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