Georgia is one of the most populous states in the country, which makes it eye-opening to realize that more than 1.4 million adults — twice the population of Atlanta — have a mental illness or struggle with mental well-being. What may be even more alarming is that the state of Georgia ranks 48th in the nation for access to mental health treatment.
Despite the state’s overall low ranking for accessible mental health options, there is still help for you — and hope. A shortage of providers in your area or limited funds should not be a barrier to seeking the help you need, whether you’re going through a difficult time in your life, need a diagnosis and treatment or are concerned about self-harm.
These resources, and others on our website, are free of charge, available to all Georgia citizens and confidential and safe.
Options for Georgia Hotlines
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to talk to a mental health professional, call 1-866-903-3787 anytime, day or night. A trained mental health professional is available on the other end to assist you with finding resources in your area or answering your questions.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides varied resources for people experiencing a crisis or mental health struggles. You can contact the helpline 24/7. Text “NAMI” to 741-741 or call 1-800-950-6264, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST for confidential assistance.
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
This agency provides a wealth of resources for people with mental illnesses and their caregivers. Programs are available for youth, seniors and families. You can receive a nursing assessment, help with substance abuse disorders and both individual and family counseling. The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) is available 24/7. Call 1-800-715-4225 for services and immediate crisis help.
Georgia HOPE is a community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment organization supporting individuals and families. Services are available in multiple formats, including community-based, school-based and via a secure online connection. You can call 706-279-0405 or text 706-847-4871 for more information and answers.
Georgia Crisis & Access Line
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities offers a 24/7 hotline that can be reached at 1-800-715-4225. There is crisis assistance, emergency assistance (with transfer to 911 if necessary), and access to routine services statewide.
About one in five American adults are affected by mental illness and even more are affected by a loved one’s struggle with mental wellness. The emotions that come with mental illness symptoms can leave you feeling lost, alone and isolated. The consequences of not seeking help can be grave. You deserve help, hope and the chance to heal. We understand that it may be hard to reach out to friends or family — or that you may be ashamed or embarrassed to admit you need mental help. But, simply reading this page and researching Georgia’s mental help resources is a big step forward and a form of self-care. If a stigma surrounding mental illness prevents you from taking the next step, our Georgia crisis hotline can connect you with a trained mental professional to help you take the next steps.
Why You Should Use the Georgia Helpline
Georgia support hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day to offer a safe place to talk about your struggles and to access unlimited guidance and support. It’s an easy, convenient and anonymous way to determine your next steps, whether it’s getting a medical diagnosis or nursing assessment or finding a counselor specializing in your needs.
Sometimes, a serious life change, like divorce, losing a loved one, going to college or getting fired from a job can seriously affect your mental well-being. You may need someone to talk to who understands and listens. You can get that by calling one of our Georgia helplines.
You can stay anonymous. Mental health hotlines value your privacy and offer confidential services to people in need. You can get help navigating your feelings and share your concerns in a judgment-free zone.
Help is available when you need it most. Since these helplines are open 24 hours a day, you can connect with someone when triggered, tempted to drink or use drugs or unsure where to turn. Knowing that someone is available to help you anytime can be a comfort.
We can assist you with referrals to resources in your area. Mental health hotlines provide access to a large network of resources in Georgia, including free or low-cost treatment options. If you don’t know where to start, a helpline professional can guide you in the right direction.
Georgia Mental Health Illness Statistics to Know
Mental illness and mental health struggles can affect anyone. A mental illness doesn’t care if you’re rich and successful, and substance abuse doesn’t discriminate by age, race or gender. If you’re feeling isolated or worry that you’ll be judged for seeking help, here are some facts and figures that demonstrate that you are not alone:
- Nearly 1 in 25 adults are diagnosed with severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.
- More than 57.8 million U.S. adults live with a mental illness.
- Over one in five youth (ages 13-18) currently have or will develop severe mental health issues at some point.
- More women with mental health issues (51.7%) sought mental health help than men (40.0%).
Help Is Here
Your mental well-being is just as important as your physical health. Neglecting your emotional health or living with an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness takes a heavy toll on your enjoyment of life and your relationships with friends and loved ones. We understand that your situation and challenges are unique and that you may not know how to ask for help. The National Mental Health Hotline is an excellent place to start. Call 866-903-3787 when you’re ready — you are worth it.