One out of every five Arizona residents experiences mental illness, according to a study performed last year by the Arizona Center for Rural Health. The study also found suicide to be among the leading causes of death in the state. Combine this with the fact that Arizona continuously ranks among the states with the least amount of access to mental healthcare, and we have a problem.
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 Arizona 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.
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System offers round-the-clock assistance to all state residents. Give them a call anytime at 1-800-654-8713 or visit their website for a list of resources by county and more.
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.