Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. That state of being mentally healthy exists along a spectrum and for some can vary widely day to day.
- Maryland State Crisis Hotline:
- 2-1-1 Maryland
2-1-1 Maryland provides a link to community health and human resources statewide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for free, in over 180 languages. The website, www.211md.org, has a database of information on over 5,000 agencies and programs across the state of Maryland.
Montgomery County Resources:
- Montgomery County Hotline
- Montgomery County Text Line
Text 301.738.2255, Monday-Thursday, 4pm-9pm
- Montgomery County Crisis Center
The Montgomery County Crisis Center offers immediate response to mental health and situational crises through telephone, walk-in and mobile outreach services. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
- Montgomery County 311
311 is Montgomery County’s phone number for non-emergency government information and services. www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311
Click here for a comprehensive information sheet on Mental Health Resources in Montgomery County, Md.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
800.273.TALK or 800.237.8255
- MentalHealth.gov, www.MentalHealth.gov, provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. The site offers information on suicide prevention, coping with trauma, resources for Veterans, and information in Spanish.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – www.nami.org. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) is a national, grassroots organization that provides education, advocacy, and resources to increase awareness and provide support to individuals and families dealing with mental illness.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – www.samhsa.gov; The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
- National Council on Behavioral Health – www.thenationalcouncil.org; The National Council for Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization that provides education, advocacy, resources on mental health and addiction disorders to mental health providers, patients and their families. The organization operates Mental Health First Aid in the United States and has trained 500,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.
- National Institute of Mental Health – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml; The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. The website provides information on clinical trials and how to sign up. Free brochures, pamphlets and e-books are available on the website, covering topics such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and other mental health topics.
- PsychologyToday.com – www.PsychologyToday.com; PsychologyToday.com provides resources and information about mental health, as well as a directory of mental health providers searchable by location, insurance, and specialty area.
- CrisisLink Hotline (24/7) (Northern Virginia)
Call 703.527.4077 or Text “CONNECT” to 855-11
- 2-1-1 Virginia
Dial 211 in Virginia to receive free information about community resources and health and human services throughout the state of Virginia.
Need help? Call us: 1.855.738.7176
- D.C. Access Helpline
1.888.7WE.HELP or 1.888.793.4357 (24/7)
- Metro DC 2-1-1
Dial 211 for assistance in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The National Capital Region 2-1-1 provides access to thousands of health and human services programs, from child care, jobs, health care, and insurance to emergency services to help in times of disaster or emergency.
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources
Rainbow Families supports, educates and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) families, parents and prospective parents by offering a wide variety of education programs, support groups, opportunities to connect and more.
Human Rights Campaign
By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, the Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
National LGBTQ Task Force
As the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group, The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.
GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment, transforming our nation’s K-12 schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.
The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe.
Modern Military Association of America
The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families and allies, working to make a real difference in the lives of our modern military families through education, advocacy and support. They also provide free, direct legal services for the LGBTQ and HIV+ military and veteran communities.
Our mission is to offer affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. We empower all persons to live healthy, love openly, and achieve equality and inclusion.
National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.
COLAGE unites people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual parent into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
The ACLU works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ+ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people.
A multicultural, bilingual, LGBTQ safe space providing food, shelter, and numerous other health-related services.