In 2019, New Hampshire Legislature passed a $20 million plan to revamp mental health services in the state. The idea was to reverse the effects of two previous budget cuts: a $50 million reduction and the removal of a plan for a $30 million psychiatric hospital. Still around half of adults in New Hampshire are not receiving any care for their mental illnesses, and around 4% receive no care for a serious mental illness.
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 New Hampshire 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.
New Hampshire DHHS
The state Department of Health and Human Services offers a link to a list of community mental health centers with emergency services. Also, you can call 603-271-5000 from M to F, 8AM to 4:30PM. The toll-free number is 1-800-852-3345, ext. 5000.
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 10AM until 8PM EST, there is a 24/7 text-line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.