When your life spins out of control, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. The American Psychological Association advises that you get the help of a trained mental health provider if:
- You constantly worry.
- You feel trapped.
- You aren’t getting any better with self-help.
- You feel as if you can’t handle things alone.
- Your feelings are affecting your job, relationships, or sleep or eating habits.
- You have thoughts of suicide, Get medical care right away.
- You should also get help if someone who knows you well suggests that you go to counseling. Or if you have an untreated problem with substance abuse.
These are only some of the symptoms that call for getting help. You may have others that concern you. The first person to talk with may be your family healthcare provider. This is to find out if your symptoms may be caused by health conditions. If a health condition is not the cause, your provider may be able to suggest a mental health provider. If you do not currently have a primary care provider, we can help you find one – Start by searching here.
Local area Mental Health Crisis Resources
Area Mental Health Providers [EN ESPAÑOL]
Lessons in Harmony/Equine-Assisted Learning
Lessons in Harmony is an Equine Assisted Learning program. Cost is $65 for a one hour session (insurance cannot be billed for this service). They are willing to work with individuals on a case by case basis for reasons of financial hardship.
Non-Crisis Support Phone Lines
- Download information about the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Peer Support Line; A non-crisis support phone line for people with mental health conditions operated by people with lived experience who have trained as peer specialists.
- Alcoholics Anonymous in Southern Wisconsin; Call the hotline at (414) 771-9119
- Maternal Mental Health Hotline. Accessible by phone or text at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) in English and Spanish. Confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges. This hotline is not intended as an emergency response line and individuals in behavioral health crisis should continue to contact crisis resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).