MentalHealthGeneral is a British-based website, designed for those in the United Kingdom who are suffering from mental health problems.

However, we are fortunate enough to receive views from all around the world. This page details the support available for those in the United States of America who are in a crisis.

Not located in USA? Visit our British crisis support page or our International crisis support page.


If you or a person you know appears to be in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, has taken an overdose, or is exhibiting signs of psychosis (e.g. hallucinations, delusions), this is a medical emergency. If possible, go to your nearest Hospital, or contact the relevant healthcare authority for support. The emergency phone-line in the United States is 911.

Please remember:

  • You are loved
  • You matter
  • Support is available
  • Try and just get through the next few hours, take each minute as it comes
  • Try to relax and do deep breathing exercises
  • If possible, talk to a friend or family member

Unfortunately, Mental Health General cannot directly help as we are not a crisis service. But we can, and will, direct you to a service that helps those in desperate need.

Urgent Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

This is the main crisis helpline for those in the United States. By contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a patient will receive support from a trained helper who aims to help the patient.

Text TALK to 1-800-273-8255 to contact the Lifeline, or visit their website at

Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line is a service that allows someone who is going through a mental health crisis to text back and forth with a trained counsellor.

Text HOME to 74 17 41 from anywhere in the United States. You can also visit their website by clicking this link.

Veterans’ Crisis Line

This is a crisis line designed exclusively for those who have served in the American armed forces in the past. It is the same number as above, only with a different extension.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and select Option 1.

State Support offers an incredible array of resources on their website, which includes a list of crisis helplines for each of the 50 US states.

You can access the list by clicking this link.


This website should be used purely for informational purposes, and does not intend to, nor should it ever, be used as a replacement for professional medical advice.

We strive to keep all of our pages updated, and ensure that our website is full of factual and in-depth information. However, we encourage you to browse this website with care.

As a reminder, this website and all content within it cannot and should not replace the advice of a trained medical professional. You can read our full disclaimer at this link.


If you are struggling with your mental health, help is available. With the right support and treatment, you can make a recovery. For information on helplines, or if you are in a state of crisis, please visit our crisis page by clicking on the relevant link for your geographical location (United Kingdom), (United States), (International). You can also see how to get mental health treatment and the process involved by clicking this link.