Approximately one in every 25 Alabama residents suffers from a serious mental health condition. This includes schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and/or major depression. Furthermore, Alabama Public Health identified mental health and substance abuse as the second-greatest health concern within the state. According to their site, “Poor mental health affects thousands of Alabamians and many illnesses go undiagnosed and untreated because of a shortage of providers.”
Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Alabama residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
Alabama Crisis Numbers
The Alabama Department of Mental Health offers a list of emergency contact phone numbers by county on its website. For more information (or if you’re not sure which county you’re in) call 1-800-367-0955. The local number is 334-242-3454.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 8 PM EST, there is a 24/7 text line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.