North Carolina is the tenth most densely populated state in the US, home to around 10.5 million people. So, when you discover that around 20% of North Carolina residents suffer from some form of mental illness, we’re talking about well over two million individuals. Furthermore, around 4% of NC adults suffer from a serious mental illness, which is 420,000 people.
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 North Carolina 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.
DHHS/Crisis Solutions Coalition
The state Department of Health and Human Services offers crisis services, with a drop-down list of counties on its website. Simply select your county and you’ll be connected with resources local to you. Also, the Crisis Solutions Coalition is available at 1-984-236-5300.
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 email@example.com. 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.