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Mental Health Helpline

We have increased the capacity of our Mental Health Helpline in response to the overwhelming need resulting from the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Helpline
631-471-7242 ext. 2 (Open weekdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Call 631-751-7500 for 24/7/365 crisis hotline.)
helpline@mhaw.org (Monitored weekdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm.)

MHAW’s Mental Health Helpline is available to all Suffolk County Residents who require help in finding and accessing assistance for themselves, for a friend, or a family member. We provide information and referrals to community resources for persons living with mental health or emotional needs, their families, and service providers.

When a Mental Health Helpline call is received, a brief assessment will be conducted with the individual caller so they can be linked to an appropriate resource. When needed, callers may be provided with additional advocacy through direct phone calls to other service providers to arrange for appropriate services.

You can also search our online Community Resource Directory.

If you are in immediate need to speak to someone or know someone in crisis you can contact:

Response of Suffolk County 24/7 Crisis Hotline
Crisis intervention/referral hotline open 24/7/365.

New York State Mental Health Hotline
New Yorker’s can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline.

Crisis Text Line
Anonymous texting service available 24/7.
Start a conversation by texting GOT5 to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line
Crisis line open 24/7/365
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Text to 838255
Veterans Chat Support

Suicide Hotline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Cop Line
1-800-COPLINE (267-5463)

Frontline Helpline
Run by Frontline Responder Services. Offers 24/7 coverage with first responder call-takers.

Fire/EMS Helpline
Also known as Share The Load.

Crisis Text Line
A service that allows people in crisis to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
Text Start or Help to 741-741.

DASH Hotline
Crisis care for children, adults, and families. Available 24/7/365.
About DASH

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General Resources

COVID-19 Emotional Support Line or call 1-844-863-9314 (New York State Office of Mental Health)
Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)? (New York State Office of Mental Health)
Mental Health and COVID-19 (American Association for Suicide Prevention)
COVID-19 Information And Resources (NAMI)
Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources (Mental Health Association)
Online Depression Screening (Mental Health Association)
SAMHSA Resources and Information (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Nat’l Council for Behavioral Health)
Resilience is Not a Luxury: It is Critical to Our Survival (Mindful Leader)
How to Take Care of Your Health and Well-Being in the Time of Coronavirus (Mindful Leader)
Managing Emotions Effectively in Uncertain Times (Mindful Leader)
Island Harvest Food Bank Member Agencies (Suffolk County)
Behavioral Health Resources (Suffolk County)
Impact Of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic On Mental Health (PsychU)
Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty (Psychology Tools)

For Adults

COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults (CDC)
How Mindfulness Facilitators Can Lead Through COVID-19 (Mindful Leader)
Healing Connections Online Peer Support Groups (Association for Mental Health and Wellness)
LIADV Hotline 24 Hour Hotline call 631-666-8833 (Long Island Against Domestic Violence
Orders of protection may still be obtained remotely with the assistance of our advocates. Contact our hotline for this, or to gain access to our shelter, safety planning, and any other questions or concerns.

For Parents

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis (Child Mind Institute)
Supporting Families During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute)
Essential Workers Seeking Childcare or call 646-926-3784 (Child Care Council of Suffolk)
Children’s Mental Health Services in Suffolk County
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (Public Broadcasting System)

For Veterans

Suffolk County Veterans Resource Guide (Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency)
Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency (County of Suffolk)
Online Veterans Peer Support Groups (Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project)
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk)
VA Hospital at Northport or call 631-261-4400 (U.S. Veterans Administration)
Free and Confidential Help for Post 9/11 Veterans (Here to Help Military and Families)
Veterans Yoga Project Facebook Page
COVID-19: Resources for Managing Stress (U.S. Veterans Administration)
Resources for Veterans & Families During COVID-19 Emergency (NYC Veterans Alliance)
Help for Suffolk Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic (Long Island Advance)
Long Island Resources for Veterans (Suffolk County Council VFW)

Substance Use

Phone and Online AA Meetings
NA Online Meetings

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