Vermont ranks 7th among all US states in the prevalence of mental health conditions, yet also ranks 2nd in the prevalence of mental healthcare availability. What this proves if anything is that people need more access to mental health facilities and treatment. Around 4.7% of Vermonter adults live with a serious mental illness, so this is an obvious set of problems.
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 Vermont 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 state Department of Mental Health offers a multitude of resources for free on its website. You can also text ‘VT’ to 741741 for immediate assistance. Also, Vermont Care Partners has a list of 24/7 crisis support hotlines by county on its website.
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.