Of the nearly two million residents of West Virginia, around 5.5% of adults live with serious mental health illnesses. Around 1 in 5 West Virginians report anxiety and/or depression, and just under 1 in 5 suffer from some form of mental condition.
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 West Virginia 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. 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.
WV Emotional Strengthline
Sponsored by the state Department of Health and Human Resources, the so-called strengthline is available to all West Virginia residents and connects you with a professional mental health counselor. Call 877-435-7304 or go to help304.com for live chat.
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. Text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.