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Where to Get Help

If you think that you might have a mental health disorder or if you just need someone to work through problems with you, help is as near as the telephone. Call our Access HelpLine at 1 (888) 793-4357 or 1 (888) 7WE-HELP any time day or night for a referral to emergency help or to a community based mental health provider for ongoing services. It is essential to find the necessary treatment and support to move forward on the journey of recovery.

You also can get information to help you or someone you care about understand more about mental illness, symptoms and treatment, and how to promote good mental health from a number of local and national organizations.

Local Resources:

The Mental Health Association of the District of Columbia            
1628 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009
(202) 265-6363

Consumer Leadership Forum
1023 Fairmont Street, NW #101
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 609-7451

National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington, DC

422 8th St SE  2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-0646

Consumer Action Network (CAN)
1300 L Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-0001
Fax: (202) 842-2685

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of the National Capital Area
Contact 1: Info Line
(202) 689-1250
Contact 2: Alvin Martin
Phone: (301) 279-0831
Email: or


National Resources:

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for persons with brain disorders (mental illnesses) and their families.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health

SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number 1-(800) 789-2647 and more than 600 publications.