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Refers to all programs that provide immediate assistance for people who are currently experiencing severe emotional distress; for any situation that is life-threatening, or poses harm to someone; or unable to cope with a problem that demands immediate attention. Crisis services help deal with the immediate crisis, and restore people back to their original (higher) level of function so that they can identify and deal with their problems.

You may also be interested in the following subheadings:

1. Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

The child welfare / child protection system is a group of services that promote the well-being of children by protecting children from abuse or neglect, ensuring they are safe, and strengthening families so that they can successfully care for their children.

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2. Crisis Lines including Telephone, Online and Chat

Are you in a crisis? Crisis lines offer free, immediate and confidential one-on-one assistance to callers in need and usually operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are generally staffed by either paid professionals, or trained volunteers. They will listen, offer support and advice, and if necessary, will try to help the caller get connected to help in his/her community. 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, we address all aspects of mental health and mental illness striving to improve and promote mental ... more
2000 N Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA, 22311 Map
Area Served: United States
All ages
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If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline Network answers thousands of calls ... more
AZ, United States
1-800-273-8255 (Toll Free)
Area Served: United States
All ages
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3. Walk-In Counselling

Looking for an appointment the same day, or within a few days? Walk-in counselling clinics provide counseling services, without a need to book a long time in advance. They can be helpful for many issues such as family conflict, stress, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, separation, divroce or abuse. Most of the time, no appointment is required, though some clinics may require you to call ahead the same day to book appointments for that day. 

Publicly Funded / Free Services

Our network of marriage and individual therapists work with individuals, couples, families, adults, teens, and children. The Marriage Counseling & Therapy ... more
Broomfield, CO, 80020 Map
Area Served: United States
All ages
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4. Hospital Emergency Department

Is there an emergency such as medical or mental health emergency? If less intense options (e.g. calling a crisis line) are not possible or haven't helped, then it may be helpful to visit the local hospital Emergency Department. Typical mental health emergencies include:

* thoughts of suicide to the point where the person requires emergency help to keep them from ending their life; 

* manic episode or psychosis where a person is behaving in an irrational way with inability to function. 


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5. Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go.


Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.


Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

American organization dedicated to ending homelessness and supporting those who are homeless. Website has directories of shelters in the United States. more
2201 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037-1033 Map
Area Served: United States
All ages
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6. Women's Shelters

Women's shelters are places where women (and their children) can go to stay, and are typically for women fleeing domestic violence from their partners or spouses. Women's shelters offer safe, temporary housing and usually other services to enable a return to independent living such as counselling and referrals to community resources.

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