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FAQ - Mental Health

How to know if someone close to you is suffering from a mental health condition?

Pay attention to their behavior and routine, if there is a significant change that might not be in their best interest, you can talk to them about this and/or check in on them.

What are the different types of mental health professionals?

Some mental health professionals like psychologists, counselors, clinicians, therapists, and clinical social workers, provide therapy and might offer other ways to help manage mental health issues. However, they are not allowed to prescribe medication. Only psychiatrists, psychiatric or mental health nurse practitioners, and primary care physicians can prescribe and monitor medication to treat mental health conditions.

How can I find the right therapist for me?

Depending on your age, symptoms, and other factors, you can choose the right therapist for you. You can either opt for in-person or online therapy. If you are looking for therapy for your child, then a child psychologist might be the best choice. You can read the reviews about different therapists and choose one, and if it doesn’t work out, you can always go to a different therapist. It is a trial-and-error approach which results in you ending up with the therapist that fits your needs.

Where can I go to find therapy?

There are various resources available online to find a therapist or support group near you. These therapists and support groups might be in-person or online, you can choose according to your convenience. You can also consult your primary healthcare provider regarding this.

Do mental health issues get resolved on their own?

Unfortunately, no. Just like when someone gets a fever, they need to take care of themselves to get better through medication, rest, etc. Similarly, in the case of a mental health condition, one needs to seek medical attention to treat it, in addition to making lifestyle changes.

Are there any mental health helplines?

  • Emergency help: call 911

  • Suicidal thoughts/behavior: Suicide & Crisis Lifeline- call 988 or reach them at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

  • Mental health issues following a disaster: Disaster distress helpline- call 1-800-985-5990

  • Veterans struggling: Veterans crisis line- call 988, then press 1.


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