Local and National Mental Health Support

By Kendra Holliday | July 12, 2022

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

Just call 988. This is a brand new option.


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

Military/Veterans Suicide Hotline

1-800-273-8255, press 1

KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One)

Available to any youth needing assistance, staffed by youth volunteers

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/

LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline

Serving LGBTQ youth in crisis. 1-866-488-7386

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

Life Crisis Services

One of the nation’s oldest suicide prevention and crisis hotelines, 27/4

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

Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Response Team

YWCA’s rape crisis line is 24/7. 314-531-7273

ALIVE (Alternative to Living in Violent Environments) 314-993-2777

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.


Hector 2022-05-21 07:21:16

This is off topic, but lately, I have been wondering whether a middle-ground solution can be found regarding the pro-life/pro-choice matter.

Myself, I have always been pro life. Recently, I read somewhere that the brain/nervous system of the fetus starts forming after the 8th week. So perhaps I could agree after all to abortions being legal until the 8th week.

What do you think? As a pro choice, would you compromise with that, or do you still think that women should be allowed to abort anytime during gestation?


    Kendra Holliday 2022-05-21 07:34:46

    As a woman, I would personally be ok with having an abortion within the first trimester of an unwanted pregnancy, but of course, the sooner the better.
    If I found out later in the pregnancy that the fetus had a fatal condition (such as no brain), I would seriously consider terminating the pregnancy before the baby was born at full term, only to die a few minutes later.
    As for other women, that is up to them on what they want to do, it’s their personal decision and not my business. They know all their circumstances and the impact it would have on their lives, not me.


      Hector 2022-05-21 15:25:45

      I mean that, if a fetus has a brain/nervous system after the 8th week, you can’t deny that it’s a living thing, so it’s not just about the woman. That’s why I wondered whether the 8th week could be a middle-ground solution most of us could agree on.


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