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Psychological Resources

The following resources were once posted on the Encouragemint website. They are copied below as a courtesy. Neither Mark Scarola nor Encouragemint can speak speak to the quality of their services or the accuracy of their information. While the majority of these resources should be free and still provide the listed services, be sure to confirm with each individually for details. Please read the full disclaimer below.

 

If you're looking for local resources such as health clinics, financial assistance, food banks, etc. click here.

If you are feeling unsafe, suicidal, or otherwise having active or current thoughts about wanting to hurt yourself or someone else please call 911. Just need to talk? Call 988. Learn more.

 

You can also learn about filing a report of abuse or neglect including how to do it and what to expect, as well as read about helping someone facing domestic violence.

Filing a Report of Abuse/Neglect
Feeling Unsafe?
Abortion

Project Rachel Ministry

Stories by and hope for those affected by abortion. Available to women and men alike. Offered through local Catholic dioceses.

1-888-456-HOPE

Academic Stress

Set To Go

A resource for students and parents of students with an emphasis on starting and transitioning to college life.

ULifeline

A resource for mental health support with a focus on college students.

Grad Resources

Offers articles, mentoring, and crisis counseling with an emphasis on the unique challenges of graduate students.

1-800-472-3457

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Addictive Behaviors

Project Know

Search for treatment related to addictive behaviors such as gambling, internet use, pornography, shopping, and more.

1-800-928-9139

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Adult Protection

Nat'l Adult Protective Services Assoc

Contact information for local resources and the reporting of abuse of vulnerable adults, typically defined as those between 18 and 60 with a disability.

Alcohol

Families Anonymous

A 12-step program for family members and friends of those struggling with drugs, alcohol, and/or addictive behaviors.

1-800-736-9805

Al-Anon Family Groups

Coordinates support groups for those affected by the alcohol use of another person such as family and friends. Also includes Alateen for younger members.

1-888-425-2666

Alcoholics Anonymous

Coordinates support groups for people who want to stop drinking.

Project Know

Search for treatment related to addictive behaviors such as gambling, internet use, pornography, shopping, and more.

1-800-928-9139

Rehabs.org

Learn about treatment and search for treatment providers, including specialized searches such as faith based and dual diagnosis centers.

1-800-743-5860

Addiction Hope

Search for treatment facilities and learn about different types of addictions.

Addiction Center

Learn about treatment and what to expect from rehab. Search for a treatment center.

1-844-886-7803

Child Abuse

Childhelp

Learn how to report child abuse, discuss your experiences of child abuse, and find ways to help others.

1-888-422-4453

Stop It Now!

Website geared towards ending child sexual abuse. Offers information and a helpline with the perspective that adults must be educated and proactive.

1-888-773-8368

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Disaster Relief

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

Crisis counseling for those affected by some form of a disaster such as a hurricane, fire, or act of mass violence, as well as those affected by trigger events such as anniversaries of traumatic events.

1-800-985-5990

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Domestic Violence

Safe Havens Mapping Project

Search for shelters that care for animals and pets while people in abusive relationships focus on seeking help for themselves. Places include pet foster homes, kennels, and shelters that accept pets along with their owners.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Information about abusive relationships and support to survivors of domestic violence and their loved ones.

Call: 1-800-799-7233

Text: LOVEIS to 22522

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

Offers a helpline, information about eating disorders, and information about support groups primarily related to anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

1-800-931-2237

Eating Disorder Hope

Learn about eating disorders and find treatment facilities in your area.

1-855-783-2519

Nat'l Assoc of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Hotline and search options for locating treatment providers and support groups.

1-630-577-1330

Overeaters Anonymous

Learn about and search for support groups focusing on compulsive eating.

505-891-2664

Elder Abuse

Nat'l Adult Protective Services Assoc

Contact information for local resources and the reporting of elder abuse. Elders are typically defined as those 60 years of age or older.

Nat'l Center on Elder Abuse

Learn about elder abuse and how to contact Adult Protective Services to report suspicions of such abuse.

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Eldercare

Eldercare Locator

Helps identify community resources tailored towards the needs of older adults including housing, healthcare, legal rights, home care, and transportation needs.

1-800-677-1116

Nat'l Adult Protective Services Assoc

Contact information for local resources and the reporting of elder abuse. Elders are typically defined as those 60 years of age or older.

Nat'l Center on Elder Abuse

Learn about elder abuse and how to contact Adult Protective Services to report suspicions of such abuse.

Emotional Crises

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Connect 24/7 to a crisis hotline about yourself or a loved one. Anyone who is depressed, going through a hard time, or just needs to talk can use the service. Calls are routed to the closest center based on area code.

Call or Text: 988

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Homelessness

HUD Rental Assistance

Through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development search for low-income housing options, voucher programs, or speak to a housing counselor.

Homeless Shelters Directory

National directory of homeless shelters, food banks, soup kitchens, and free resources such as cell phones, dental care, and pregnancy tests.

Covenant House

Assistance with locating homeless shelters, human trafficking, and being trapped in an abusive household. Aimed specifically towards young people.

VA Program for Homeless Veterans

Multiple programs aimed at the housing, employment, mental health, and physical health of veterans.

1-877-424-3838

Rent Assistance

Directory of programs offering financial assistance to people who need help paying their rent.

641-715-3900 x190247

Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Hotline for those affected by sexual and other forms of trafficking. Find resources, ask for help, report a tip, and more.

Call: 1-888-373-7888

Text: 233733

Children of the Night

Information about child sexual trafficking (child prostitution) and a shelter for those looking to escape. They may even pay the travel costs to get you there.

1-800-551-1300

Household Chemical Ingestion

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Call with questions about ingested household chemicals, whether done accidentally or intentionally, overdoses on medications, drug interactions, etc.

1-800-222-1222

 

Long-Term Care

Senior Housing Directory

Search by zip code to find independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, memory care, and other similar communities.

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Medicare Home Health Agency Locator

Find Medicare-certified home health agencies in your area that provide treatment for an illness or injury.

Medicare Nursing Homes Locator

Find and compare Medicare-certified nursing homes in your area that provide treatment for those who cannot be care for at home and require 24-hour care.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Advocates and helps to resolve problems related to the health, safety, welfare, and individual rights of those who live in facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other residential care communities.

Loss of a Child

Unspoken Grief

Shared stories of support to and from those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, or a neonatal loss. Read the stories of others or share your own.

First Candle

Information about parenthood emphasizing new parents and newborns. Their hotline is available for those mourning the loss of a baby.

1-800-221-7437

Military

Military OneSource

Access emotional support and counseling, connect with local services including financial, legal, child care, etc., and get answers to military specific questions.

1-800-342-9647

Veterans Crisis Line

Crisis hotline, online chat, and texting for active duty military, veterans, family, and friends dealing with PTSD, brain injuries, deployment issues, etc.

Call: 988 and press

Text: 838255

VA Caregiver Support Line

Learn about and connect to Veterans Administration services for caregivers of veterans, or call when you when you want someone "to just listen".

1-855-260-3274

Make the Connection

View videos of and learn about stressful life events, as well as emotional, financial, spiritual, and other issues important to veterans and those around them. Also provides a search engine for local resources.

DoD Safe Helpline

Hotline run by the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, a civilian nonprofit agency. Identifying information is kept confidential.

1-877-995-5247

VA Programs for Homeless Veterans

Multiple programs aimed at the housing, employment, mental health, and physical health of veterans.

1-877-424-3838

Missing People & Running Away

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Search for or report cases of kidnapping, abduction, running away, etc. as well as report cases of sexual exploitation.

1-800-843-5678

National Runaway Safeline

Call, chat, or join their forums if you're thinking of running away or already have. Get help and understand your options. Parents can also find support here.

1-800-786-2929

Child Find of America

Offers live trainings, help in locating missing, runaway, and abducted children. Provides support for their loved ones.

1-800-426-5678 (Runaway/Missing)

1-800-716-3468 (Parental Abductions)

Nat'l Missing and Unidentified Persons System

Search for or help find missing people and/or help identify unidentified people (including those already deceased). This service is for people of all ages.

1-855-626-7600

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Pregnancy

OptionLine

Information and referrals for women who may be pregnant and are weighing their options: morning after contraceptives, abortion, adoption, parenting, etc.

Call or Text: 1-800-712-4357

American Pregnancy Association

Information for those trying to conceive, already pregnant, and new parents (including but not limited to unplanned pregnancies).

1-800-672-2296

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Self-Injury

Self Injury Outreach and Support

Information geared towards helping those who self injure and those affected by the self-imposed injuries of someone else. Read and watch the stories others dealing with self-injury.

SAFE Alternatives

A St. Louis based treatment program aimed at addressing self-injurious behavior.

1-800-366-8288

Sexual Assualt

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Support, information, and referrals about sexual assault. Call if you or someone you care about has been affected. Visit their website to learn about warning signs, keeping safe, legal issues, and how to help others.

1-800-656-4673

 

Stop It Now!

Website geared towards ending child sexual abuse. Offers information and a helpline with the perspective that adults must be educated and proactive.

1-888-773-8368

Sexual Health

American Sexual Health Association

Information about sexual health in men and women, including information about STDs and links to other relevant sites.

Get Tested

A service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where you can find locations near you that test for STDs and Hepatitis.

Substance Use

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Coordinates support groups for those affected by the substance use of another person such as family members and friends.

1-800-477-6291 & 1-310-534-8188

Families Anonymous

A 12-step program for family members and friends of those struggling with drugs, alcohol, and/or addictive behaviors.

1-800-736-9805

Cocaine Anonymous

Support groups designed for those wanting to quit using cocaine and other substances.

1-310-559-5833

Narcotics Anonymous

Coordinates support groups for people who want to stop using drugs and other substances.

1-818-773-9999 x771

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Search for mental health, substance use, and health care centers in your area.

1-800-662-4357

Project Know

Search for treatment related to addictive behaviors such as gambling, internet use, pornography, shopping, and more.

1-800-928-9139

Rehabs.org

Learn about treatment and search for treatment providers, including specialized searches such as faith based and dual diagnosis centers.

1-800-743-5860

Addiction Hope

Search for treatment facilities and learn about different types of addictions.

Addiction Center

Learn about treatment and what to expect from rehab. Search for a treatment center.

1-844-886-7803

Young Adults & Teenagers

Al-Anon Family Groups

Coordinates support groups for those affected by the alcohol use of another person such as family and friends. Also includes Alateen for younger members.

1-888-425-2666

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Coordinates support groups for those affected by the substance use of another person such as family members and friends.

1-800-477-6291 & 1-310-534-8188

Covenant House

Assistance with locating homeless shelters, human trafficking, and being trapped in an abusive household. Aimed specifically towards young people.

National Runaway Safeline

Call, chat, or join their forums if you're thinking of running away or already have. Get help and understand your options. Parents can also find support here.

1-800-786-2929

OptionLine

Information and referrals for women who may be pregnant and are weighing their options: morning after contraceptives, abortion, adoption, parenting, etc.

Call or Text: 1-800-712-4357

Project Rachel Ministry

Stories by and hope for those affected by abortion. Available to women and men alike. Offered through local Catholic dioceses.

1-888-456-HOPE

Self Injury Outreach and Support

Information geared towards helping those who self injure and those affected by the self-imposed injuries of someone else. Read and watch the stories others dealing with self-injury.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Connect 24/7 to a crisis hotline about yourself or a loved one. Anyone who is depressed, going through a hard time, or just needs to talk can use the service. Calls are routed to the closest center based on area code.

Call or Text: 988

Set To Go

A resource for students and parents of students with an emphasis on starting and transitioning to college life.

ULifeline

A resource for mental health support with a focus on college students.

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211
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General Referral Service

Disclaimer

211 is an information and referral service covering large portions of the United States and Canada.

 

Through their websites and telephone center you can get information about social service providers local to your area. This may include practical help such as financial assistance for single parents, domestic violence shelters, health clinics, and much more.

In many areas reaching them is as easy as dialing 2-1-1. In some areas however they are only available through an alternate phone number. Start by visiting their national

website which will help identify your local 211. Once you reach your local 211 website you can run a search for services specific to your area.

Neither Mark Scarola nor Encouragemint is responsible for the content or services provided by any resource or service provider listed here. Further, there is no guarantee of confidentiality of any hotlines, online chats, or other forms of communication they may offer, nor of the qualifications of the personnel working for these service providers. You are encouraged to use discretion when speaking with or providing any personal information to any of the resources listed.

Neither Mark Scarola nor Encouragemint is responsible for situations in which the offerings of a resource may have been changed or eliminated. Website links, phone numbers, and offered services often change over time. As a result, some of the resources listed here may no longer be valid or available. You may also be able to find other resources on your own of equal or greater value and quality than those presented here. This list is nothing more than a courtesy.

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