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Where to Get Help

The DC Department of Behavioral Health prevents, treats and supports recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.  Call 1-888-7WE-HELP (1-888-793-4357) anytime to connect with a mental health or substance use disorder provider located near you.  You also can call the substance use disorder Assessment and Referral Center at (202) 727-8473 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to schedule an appointment or walk in without an appointment at 75 P Street NE. It is essential to find the necessary treatment and support to move forward on the journey of recovery.

Language and sign language interpretation services are available for limited or no English speaking individuals.

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
Email: [email protected]
Consumer Leadership Forum
1023 Fairmont Street, NW #101
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 609-7451
Email: [email protected]
National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington, DC
422 8th St SE  2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-0646
Email: [email protected]

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

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: [email protected] or [email protected]
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 – every day 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.