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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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    What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
    Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.

    It's Not Your Fault (NACoA) (PDF | 12 KB)
    Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, "It's not your fault!" and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.

    After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department
    Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative's suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.

    Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction
    Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.

    For additional resources, please visit the SAMHSA Store.

Last Updated: 08/30/2022

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A selection of books for depression - Eksmo

Topic: Psychology and self-development

We have collected good publications of authors who give valuable advice, share the experience of real people and tell psychological tales to our inner child.
Books are an effective way to fight depression, a stream of negativity and complete demotivation, because they are not connected to the Internet, which means there will be no temptation to check the news again, read statements on social networks and spoil your mood even more. nine0004

E-book Audiobook The Last Thing He Told Me

Laura Dave

Hannah starts her own investigation and learns that Owen changed his name ten years ago to escape a mortal danger. Gradually, Hannah and Bailey develop a relationship that they did not have from the very beginning, because only the two of them will be able to find out who the ideal husband and father really was.

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E-book Audiobook The girl who learned to fly. Spiritual tales for the inner child

Yuliya Dyakova

Get rid of fears. Find a worthy partner. Stop feeling guilty. Learn to see happiness in the little things. We sincerely wish this for others, but we forget about what we ourselves need. The ability to overcome fears, enjoy an ordinary day, appreciate and thank those with whom we really feel good and warm - each of us has weaknesses that want to be paid attention to. Yulia Dyakova, a psychologist, trainer and body-oriented therapist, wrote fairy tales that are designed to help our inner children: forget about prohibitions and rules, listen to your intuition and allow yourself to get rid of childhood traumas - practical tasks inside fairy tales will help you with this . Everyone will find themselves in these stories - they will push you to become sincere with yourself and love yourself truly. nine0004


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E-book Audiobook Restless Brain. Useful guide to reduce anxiety and stress. How to deal with depression, anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD and ADHD.

Uma Naidu

Most people, when choosing products, think about their usefulness, which affects aging, the development of heart disease or weight loss. But almost no one knows that our diet affects not only changes in the body. but also on the brain! Uma Naidu reveals many secrets, in each chapter talking about the harmful and beneficial elements of everyday products that aggravate our psycho-emotional state. nine0004


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E-book Audiobook The art of taking care of the soul.

100 Insights from a Zen Monk on a Stress-Free Life

Shunmio Masuno

Thanks to the advice of Shunmio Masuno, the abbot of a 450-year-old Zen temple in Japan, you can stay in harmony with yourself and the world in the most difficult moments in life.

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E-book Audiobook 25 grams of happiness. The story of a little hedgehog that changed a person's life

Massimo Vacchetta, Antonella Tomaselli

A unique and touching story about how saving an animal radically changed the life of one person. Once Massimo Vacchetta saved the hedgehog Ninna: she was taken to the clinic, she weighed only 25 grams and was absolutely helpless. Just at that moment, the man was in a depressed mood due to difficulties in life. After this story, he decided that he would devote his life to saving hedgehogs, so he created "La Ninna". nine0004


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Inspiring stories that turn a black stripe into a take-off

Olga Savelyeva

What is a crisis? This is a turning point, a sharp turn. This word has no negative meaning, we endowed it with it ourselves. But the turning point is always hope, new opportunities and dreams. So how do you choose the right "turn"? How to find the strength not to cling to the collapsed past and boldly look into the future? And, in the end, how to live through any difficulties so that they become a starting point in a new, better life? Olga Savelieva has collected a lot of ideas on what to do in a crisis. Each of the stories in this book is called a verb and therefore cannot but encourage action: dream, love, seek! What verb do you start with? nine0004

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Audiobook Electronic Book Choosing Lilia

Lilia Coch

The book includes more than twenty stories about healing, each of which is based on real history. The collection is called "Choosing Life" because, according to the author, we are constantly faced with this choice. Life is a path where each step is directed in a certain direction: life or death, love or hate, prosperity or decline. Lilia Koch is a certified psychologist, author of the book "100 Days Between Life and Death" and the transformational game "Phoenix-Renaissance". nine0004


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E-book Audiobook Fall in love with life. How to learn to live again when you are almost destroyed by depression

Matt Haig

At the age of 24, I almost killed myself. At that time I lived in Ibiza, in a very beautiful villa on the quiet coast of the island. There was a rock very close to the villa. Depressed, I walked to the edge of the cliff and looked out to sea. I tried to find the courage to jump down. I didn't find her. Three more years of depression followed. Panic, despair, daily painful attempt to go to the nearest store and not faint at the same time. But I survived. I am over 40 years old. Once upon a time, I was almost certain that I would not live to see 30. But here I am. Surrounded by loved ones. nine0003 Author Matt Haig, a British journalist and writer, talks about his personal experience of life and dealing with depression, gives recommendations and a list of reasons that helped him not to commit suicide and live on. And also, teach healthy people to behave correctly with those who have depression.

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E-book Little victories. How to Feel Happy Every Day

Anne Lamott

This book is an amazing collection of real life stories of hope and joy, love and forgiveness, loss and gain. It will be especially useful to those who are faced with losses, pain, loneliness, misunderstanding. Each chapter is a mini-essay about the author's personal experience and the lessons that life teaches her. Victories over difficulties and pain sometimes seem insignificant, Anne Lamotte notes, but they change our perception of the world. Serious and funny, frank and unexpected, the stories of "Little Victories" help to take a fresh look at life and feel happy every day. nine0004

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Seize the day. Gratitude Diary

Olga Berg

Thanks to this diary, you can find a ray of sunshine even on the most cloudy day. Just 10 minutes of daily gratitude practice will change your attitude towards life and prove that every day brings joy. And interesting additional tasks and checklists will help you become even happier!

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How to overcome depression: 6 books with examples and tasks

Every person has experienced depression at least once in their life. And what can I say, the statistics of ongoing studies speak volumes - more than three million people around the world suffer from this problem. More than relevant, right? And it must be taken into account that not every person will turn to a specialist, especially when it comes to men. And for such cases, there is a special literature from professional psychologists who develop and practice methods that help a huge number of people. We have prepared just such a selection for you. And we really hope that you will find exactly “your” book. nine0004

Hormones of happiness. How to train the brain to produce serotonin, dopamine, endorphin and oxytocin" Loretta Breuning

According to scientists, many processes in our bodies are directly dependent on hormones. This is a well known fact. But the most interesting thing is that we can independently exercise control over them. How to do it? Dr. Loretta Breuning claims that in just 45 days you can develop certain habits in yourself that provoke a regular release of endorphin into the blood, that is, the so-called "hormone of happiness. " An interesting practice with curious tips and tricks. And most importantly, everything is very accessible and clearly written! nine0004

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“Your own psychotherapist. How to Change Your Life with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Corinne Sweet

The book from the British psychologist Corinne Sweet carries the main message through the principle of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). Namely: our feelings and emotions no longer depend on the situations themselves that happen to us in life, but on how we treat them. All the negativity that we accumulate due to problems at work or at home results in a depressed state. nine0004

Sweet's technique is aimed at making people able to control their attitude to external stimuli, and hence their thoughts and feelings. There are also homework assignments in this book that will help you better understand your own feelings.

Fall in love with life. How to Learn to Live Again When You're Nearly Destroyed by Depression by Matt Haig

This book is for those who are very seriously disappointed in life. The thing is that its author himself was at some point on the verge of suicide. But I realized in time that committing suicide is the path of a weak person, whom I did not consider myself at all. nine0004

First of all, Matt Haig encourages his readers to turn to their own selves and see if everything is as bad as they think. Reading this book, you will feel as comfortable as if the author is your close friend, who himself once struggled with his anxieties. And now he shares with you how he managed to get out of this overwhelming state.

“Depression is cancelled. How to get back to life without doctors and medicines by Richard O'Connor

Prolonged stress and subsequent depression are almost inseparable things. The neural connections in the brain are thus destroyed, and a distorted manifestation of our emotions takes place. It is very similar to being under anesthesia - no feelings (neither positive nor negative). This is described in detail by the American psychologist Richard O'Connor, who combines elements of introspection, meditation, and other techniques in his therapy. By the way, the author has been specializing in this problem for over twenty years and has already helped so many of his patients! nine0004

Noon Demon. Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon

The most interesting thing about Andrew Solomon's book is the approach that reveals the problem from several sides at once. Three main angles: personal experience, cultural side and, of course, scientific. At first glance, the book may seem too frivolous due to the presentation of information alone. But then you will understand why it made it to the list of the best books of the decade according to the Times edition.

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