How to Get Help - Mental Health

What to Expect

When seeking help for mental health issues, the first step is to find services in your area (please see below). You can then call for immediate and confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Following the initial call, available services and treatment plans will vary from person to person.

In an Emergency

If you or someone you know are faced with a mental health crisis, please call the crisis hotline of the Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) for your county. You may find this number by using the online mental health services search form or by reviewing a list of a list of LMHAs.

If you are faced with a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. 

If you are contemplating suicide, please call

  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TTY 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
  • Red Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454 
  • Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 

Finding Services

To find mental health services in your area, please search for the referral line phone number of your Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) using the online mental health services search form. You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Children and Adolescents

Parents or legal guardians seeking help for minors may use the online search listed above.  For more information on services specifically for children and adolescents, please see our page on mental health services for children and adolescents or our child and adolescent services overview page.



The Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division funds providers of mental health and substance abuse services who then assist those in need of such services. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 

Last updated June 12, 2013