Important note: If you’re in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, call 911 (see below for emergency services numbers in other countries).
Emergency numbers outside the United States:
Mexico: 066 or 911
UK: 999 or 112
Ireland: 999 or 112
Australia: 000 or 112
New Zealand: 111
South Africa: 112 on mobile phones
See a complete list on the US Department of State Website
Trauma recovery and mental health
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing are all referenced in my book Happy Days as profound resources for trauma recovery.
Check the EMDR International Association page for information and resources on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Click the “Find a Therapist” button to find a practitioner.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a transformational trauma and body based therapy that can greatly support you. Visit the Somatic Experiencing Internal page to find a practitioner.
Visit the IFS Institute website to learn more about Internal Family Systems Therapy and find an IFS therapist.
Psychology Today has a directory where you can search for a therapist and filter for specialties, types of therapy and insurance.
More mental health resources
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- SAMHSA.gov is a great government resource. They have a free, confidential helpline that is available 24/7. The number is 1-800-662-4357. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
More trauma recovery resources
- Happy Days, The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace by Gabby Bernstein
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD
- When the Body Says No by Gabor Maté, MD
- In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine, PhD
- EFT International Directory of EFT Practitioners
National Center for PTSD under U.S. Veterans Affairs
Veterans Crisis Line
- National Center for PTSD under U.S. Veterans Affairs
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 / TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Inpatient/outpatient treatment for trauma and/or addiction
If you’re seeking guidance on how to get into inpatient or outpatient treatment visit Dr. Elisa Hallerman at https://www.drhallerman.com/about-us
High Watch Recovery Center is a Connecticut-based inpatient program to heal trauma as well as co-occurring substance abuse disorders.
The Meadows is an Arizona-based inpatient program to heal trauma as well as addiction.
The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute offers trauma recovery in Boston.
Center for Motivation & Change is evidence-based outpatient care in New York City with inpatient care in the Berkshires. They can address both drug/alcohol addiction and trauma.
- Free 24/7 helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Disaster distress resources
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, Call and Text 988 for Free Mental Health Support
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call or chat online 24/7
- For Spanish speakers: 1-800-273-8255 then press 2
- For LGBTQ youth: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
- Crisis Services Canada is a suicide hotline with wonderful people to support you. They will be able to provide you with a nonjudgmental, safe and supportive plan of action.
- Call Samaritans 24 hours a day: 116 123
- More suicide & mental health helplines in the UK
- Lifeline.org helpline: 13 11 14
- More suicide helplines in Australia
- Suicide and mental health helplines
- For more suicide prevention resources, including international hotlines, go to http://www.suicide.org/index.html
Postpartum depression and anxiety (PPA & PPD)
From the American Psychological Association
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, take action now:
Put the baby in a safe place, like a crib. Call a friend, family member, or mental health hotline (free & staffed all day, every day) for help.
- National Hopeline Network
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: LifeLine
Has hotlines for every state
1-800-PPDMOMS (1-800-773-6667)Call your psychologist’s or other licensed mental health provider’s emergency number. Call your doctor’s or other primary health care provider’s emergency number. Go to your local hospital emergency room. Tell someone you trust about what you are feeling; ask him or her to help you take these steps.
- The Motherhood Center provides supportive services for new and expecting moms/birthing people, including a range of treatment options for those suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs.)
- Postpartum Support International Call 1-800-944-4773 or text 503-894-9453 (Not for emergencies)
- Postpartum Health Alliance Call 619-254-0023 (English and Spanish)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: info and resources on PPD & PPA
- One woman shares her story of using a therapy app to recover from PPA
- You can also refer to any of the general mental health resources on this list
Domestic violence, physical abuse & sexual assault
RAINN is an organization for helping sexual assault survivors.
- Free, confidential sexual assault hotline is available 24/7: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
- You can also chat online with a counselor: https://www.rainn.org
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7.
- Call 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
- You can also talk to an advocate in their free, confidential online chat, also available 24/7. https://www.thehotline.org
- Spanish: http://espanol.thehotline.org/
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline serves the U.S. and Canada 24/7.
- Assistance available in 170+ languages
- Alcoholics Anonymous Go to the website to find an AA group near you and more information and help.
- In The Rooms Free online addiction recovery support
- SAMHSA.gov: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) Confidential, free, available 24/7 in English & Spanish. This helpline is for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.
You can use SAMHSA’s FindTreatment.gov to locate treatment centers for substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness.
LGBTQ crisis hotlines and resources
- oSTEM provides a list of LGBTQIA+ support resources you may find helpful
- Trans Lifeline A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm.
- LGBTQ youth suicide prevention: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
Emotional Freedom Technique
Important note: Unexpected emotions can arise when you practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also known as tapping). If your loss is very recent, or if you feel overwhelmed by grief, tap with caution or wait until you have recovered more. Talk your therapist or doctor before tapping if you’re new to it or not sure how to handle strong feelings that may come up.
- Brad Yates video for tapping on loss and grief
- Nick Ortner’s audio lesson and EFT guidance on processing grief
You can also read this blog post for an overview of different grief resources (updated in June 2019).