Mental Health

– Call your local law enforcement agency (USA): dial 911

– If you live outside the USA, please dial your local emergency number.

If you or a loved one is in immediate risk of harm, calling the police and speaking with them may be unavoidable. It’s critical to inform the operator that it’s a mental health emergency and request for people who have been trained in crisis intervention or know how to assist individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

If you don’t believe calling 911 is necessary, consider engaging with a helpline, additional resources are available below.

Dial 988 to be connected to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, which provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but unfortunately, it’s often viewed as less significant. This is especially true regarding mental health resources—many people don’t know where to turn when they’re feeling lonely or isolated. No one should have to face mental health problems alone.

If you’re feeling lonely, isolated, or overwhelmed, resources are available to help you. Dealing with mental health issues can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Many of our volunteers and personnel have been affected by a traumatic event and frequently seek expert assistance. As we pursue to provide therapeutic art for trauma-impacted communities, current events may become activating and distressing. Sometimes additional help, knowledge, and training are required in these circumstances.

We urge you to reach out for assistance if you are a victim, activist, organizer, journalist, have lost a loved one to gun violence, are experiencing secondary trauma due to the COVID-19 epidemic, or are having trouble coping with the pandemic. It’s critical to understand and access trauma resources when dealing with any type.

Many mental health resources are available, and it can be challenging to know where to start. Here are resources that can support you: 

The information on this page is not meant to be used for a professional assessment, intervention, treatment, or care.

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Suicide Prevention Hotline

Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.

Chat available on website

or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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Crisis text line

Free text line for anyone in crisis. Available anywhere in the u.s.

text "HOME" to 741741

to text with a trained crisis counselor.
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Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care

Text "Home" to 838255

or Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1.
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Trans Lifeline

Fighting the epidemic of trans suicide and improving the overall life outcomes of trans people, the Trans Lifeline facilitates justice-oriented, collective community aid.

Call 877-565-8860

to speak with someone now
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Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Text "START" to 678678

or call 800-488-7386
(Live chat available on the website)
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Steve Fund Crisis line for bipoc youth

The Steve Fund is dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.

TEXT "STEVE" to 741741

access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor
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additional resources

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)

This helpline is for anyone experiencing significant emotional distress related to a mass crime or major disaster. Mass violence victims are specifically encouraged to contact the helpline, either by telephone or SMS/text, at the numbers below:

  • Call 1.800.985.5990 – English (with a Spanish-speaking option)

  • Text “TalkWithUs” (or “Hablanos” for Spanish language assistance) to 66746

  • In Puerto Rico, Spanish Speakers can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663

If you have been a victim of crime, you might qualify for financial assistance. Crime victim compensation is funded primarily by fees, fines, and assessments paid by convicted criminals and provides financial assistance to crime victims and their families.

Crime victim compensation is a “payer of last resort,” which means that crime victim compensation funds can be used to offset the cost of services that other funding sources – like insurance companies – do not cover. Specific types of coverage vary from state to state, but crime victim compensation may be available to pay for:

  • Medical care

  • Mental health treatment

  • Funeral costs

  • Lost wages

  • Crime scene clean up

  • Costs associated with travel to receive treatment

  • Moving expenses

  • Housekeeping and child care

For a complete list of resources visit NMVVRC here

For a complete list visit NMVVRC to learn more about victims rights and local support services.  

Most campuses have a counseling and psychological services department. At most universities, these sessions are free of charge, and short term, and most campuses offer more in-depth referral services as well.

Some university and college campuses even have 24-hour crisis hotlines where more individualized, emergency or crisis support can be offered locally.

wellness practices

The NMVVRC has developed the Transcend NMVC mobile app to assist with recovery from the psychological and behavioral response that can occur following direct or indirect exposure to mass violence incidents. Although the app was developed specifically for mass violence victims, people exposed to other types of stressful events are also likely to find the strategies and techniques in the app to be useful in their recovery, as well.

Visit NMVVRC Mobile APP Page to download 

Our emotional health can range from thriving to struggling. No matter what you’re experiencing, there are ways to take action to support yourself and those around you.

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Find a Therapist

You don’t have to navigate the recovery process alone! Finding the right therapist or counselor can make a big difference in your path to recovery. Visit NMVVRC “Find a Therapist” 

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