Local and National Mental Health Support

By Kendra Holliday | June 23, 2020

I know this isn’t a sexy topic, but during this pandemic I’ve been getting lots of inquiries from desperately sad people. Some are suicidal.

I’m not a licensed therapist. My specialty is sex, not suicide. But I truly care about your health and happiness, and I’ve struggled with mental health my entire life, and have been suicidal myself.

Please browse this Links page under counseling for St Louis mental health professionals.

In addition, here are other resources:


National Suicide Prevention Hotline

A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Hopeline Network 

Hopeline provides support with trained counselors through this national hotline to prevent suicide. 1-800-442-HOPE(4673)

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text. Text, “HOME” to 741741

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. 877-565-8860  https://www.translifeline.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 1-800-662-HELP (4357) https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Local St. Louis area:

Behavioral Health Response 

Behavioral Health Response (BHR) is a professionally staffed crisis response service. BHR provides expert behavioral health, crisis response, and outreach services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to agencies and companies worldwide. 314-469-6644 or (toll free) 1-800-811-4760

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI – St. Louis) Crisis Hotline

NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families in the St. Louis region. For over 40 years, NAMI St. Louis has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery. 314-962-4670

Pathways to Progress

Pathways to Progress provides intense, wrap-around case management services for two to four years while connecting to resources that enhance individual strengths, develop skills, and build financial assets which lead to empowering families toward stability and long-term economic independence. 10235 Ashbrook Dr. St. Louis MO 63137 314-269-5055

Warmlines – A warmline is a confidential, non-crisis emotional support telephone hotline. Callers will find an empathetic listener to talk through their feelings:

NAMI Missouri Warmline 8000-374-2138 or 573-634-7727

St. Louis Empowerment Center Friendship Line 866-525-1442

BJC Behavioral Health

BJC Behavioral Health offers a continuum of services including early intervention services, school-based services, psychiatric medication services, individual, group and family therapy, in-home services, intensive CPR services, clinical case management, integrated health care through our Healthcare Homes program, Assertive Community Treatment, psychosocial rehabilitation, respite services, youth mentoring, treatment family homes for children and other temporary out-of-home placements, crisis intervention, deaf services, and pharmacy services. Multiple Locations Call 314-747-7491 to complete phone assessment 

Mercy St. Louis – Behavioral Health Intake Department

Mercy St Louis – Behavioral Health Intake Department is professionally staffed and offers free, confidential evaluations for anyone needing assistance with a psychiatric, behavioral or addictive disorder. Evaluations, as well as referrals to physicians or community resources, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 615 S. New Ballas Road St. Louis, MO 63141  (314) 251-6565

Please hang in there, and know you are not alone. We all take turns helping each other out. If you try something and it doesn’t work, don’t give up. Keep trying. It can get better.

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