One in five Kentucky adults is told by a health provider that they suffer from some form of depression, according to the CDC. Only 47% of Kentuckian adults receive mental health treatment, yet around 4.7% of them suffer from a serious mental illness. According to the state’s own Lexington Herald, Kentucky ranked 49th out of all 50 states in a survey of well-being. Furthermore, the congressional district of the state ranked the lowest out of 434 nationwide districts.
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 Kentucky 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.
Suicide Hotlines Dot Net
The .net organization lists a multitude of free hotlines for Kentucky residents and can be found by clicking here. A few national hotlines are listed up top, but scroll down a bit to find a list of hotlines by county.
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.