If you struggle with substance abuse and anxiety, there is no shame in seeking out resources and helplines. If you need someone to talk to or you’re looking to get connected to a professional treatment program, you can start with any one of these organizations.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 800-950-NAMI (800-950-6264)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): 240-485-1001
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): 866-615-6464
- American Psychological Association: 800-374-2721
- American Psychiatric Association: 800-357-7924
For BIPOC people, there are culturally sensitive organizations that are trained to work with people across language barriers and of differing immigration statuses. The Asian Mental Health Collective serves the Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian demographics. The Black Mental Health Alliance offers a directory of Black psychiatrists and doctors. And the Inclusive Therapists organization specializes in offering services to LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse communities.
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