Mental Health Resources for Public Safety

Sometimes the only answer people are looking for when they ask for help is that they won't have to face the problem alone.

-Mark Amend

In a moment of need, you can turn here.  The resources, programs and services listed below may be of benefit to Montgomery County public safety employees.  The challenges of the work are many and these resources can provide a listening ear, guidance, or assistance, and help if any of the following are encountered:

  • Stress related to daily life issues
  • Problems adjusting to unusual events or situations
  • Couple or family issues
  • Abuse of alcohol or other substances
  • Problems related to significant changes in life (divorce, birth, adoption, retirement) 
  • Work-related problems or crises
  • Problems balancing work and family
  • Mental health issues like anxiety/depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Domestic violence

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The external resources listed on this webpage are provided as a convenience and are for informational purposes only;
they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval of any of the products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization, or individual.

Universal Resources

Name Services Provided Contact Us
Montgomery County Crisis Center Free, crisis mental health services that are available 24 hours a day. Learn more about the Center. 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
240-777-4000
Website
National Suicide Prevention Helpline National network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or in emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 800-273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
United HealthCare A national, individual practice Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).

You must be a member to receive benefits.
www.uhc.com
View the Mental Health Programs
Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) which provides all care at special Kaiser centers.

You must be a member to receive benefits.
my.kp.org/montgomerycountygovernment/
KP's First Responder Guide to Mental Health & Substance Abuse
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield A Point-of-Service (POS) plan which doesn't require that you select a primary care provider (PCP) or obtain a referral to see a specialist.

You must be a member to receive benefits.
www.carefirst.com/mcg
Mental Health & Substance Disorder Programs
ComPsych MCG's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing free services including mental health. 855-350-1750
GuidanceResources.com
Support for First Responders
Veterans Crisis Line A  free, confidential service provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs that connects Veterans and service members in crisis and those concerned about them (i.e., family members and friends) with qualified responders.  Communication with a responder may occur via phone, text, or chat, and is available everyday, 24/7.

 
www.veteranscrisisline.net

800-273-8255, then press "1" 

Send text to 838255

Chat by accessing www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat
Safe Call Now Comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel, and their family members nationwide. 206-459-3020
www.safecallnow.org/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator National Helpline: A free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Treatment Services Locator: A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the US or US territories for substance abuse, addictions, or mental health problems.
800-662-HELP (4357)
National Helpline:
www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator:  findtreatment.samhsa.gov
American Pyschological Association (APA) Therapist Locator Allows one to search for a psychologist to provide clinical services. locator.apa.org
Serve and Protect Facilitates trauma services for public safety professionals struggling with invisible wounds, emotional scars from traumatic incidents from the job. 615-373-8000  Option 1
www.ServeProtect.org
VA National Center for PTSD Research and educational center for PTSD and traumatic stresss. 877-222-VETS (8387)
www.ptsd.va.gov/
The Green Code Campaign First responder oriented mental health advocacy and education organization with a purpose of eliminating the stigma that prevents people from admitting these issues and asking for help; educate first responders on self care and peer care and advocacy for systemic change in how mental health issues are addressed by first responder agencies. Services include treatment assistance (financially), to include daycare, travel costs to receive treatment if outside local area; access to database of first responder oriented mental health resources (helplines and inpatient treatment centers by state, as well as education and other resources). Post Office Box 732 Liberty Hill, TX 78642
www.codegreencampaign.org
Crisis Text Line A service that allows people in crisis to interact with a trained crisis counselor by text. Text "START" or "HELP" to 741741. Text "START" or "HELP" to 741741.
Frontline Helpline Run by Frontline Responder Services and offers 24/7 coverage with first responders as call-takers. 866-676-7500
Disaster Distress Helpline Helpline offers 24/7 emotional support and crisis counseling for anyone experiencing distress or other mental health concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Calls and texts are answered by trained counselors who will listen to the caller's concerns, explore coping and other available supports, and offer referrals to community resources for follow-up care and support. SAMSHA
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857
800-986-5990 or 
Text "TALKWITHUS" to 66746
First Responder Support Network Provides first responders and their families with tools to reduce personal and family stress, encourage appropriate career decisions, and reduce the effects of traumatic incident stress on an individual's life. 4460-16 Redwood Hwy, Ste. 362, San Rafael, CA,  94903
415-721-9789
info@frsn.org
Montgomery County Family Justice Center Provides services to families impacted by domestic violence.  Walk-ins welcomed at the address listed. 600 Jefferson Plaza
Suite #500
Rockville, MD 20852
240-773-0444 (Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
240-777-4000 (After Hours)
safe@montgomerycountymd.gov
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fjc/
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) A fellowship for those who have had "a drinking problem." Washington, DC Metro Area
202-966-9115
DC Group Area Intergroup Association:  aa-dc.org
Maryland: www.step12.com/maryland.html
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) A fellowship for individuals for whom “drugs had become a major problem.”  NA supports “recovering addicts who meet regularly to help [others] stay clean.” Washington, DC Metro Area
800-543-4670
Free State Region: 410-566-4022
DC Metro Area: www.cprna.org
Maryland:  freestatena.org
National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.



NAMI has a website dedicated to law enforcement officers

 
800-950-6264 
info@nami.org
www.nami.org/find-support/family-members-and-caregivers

www.nami.org/find-support/law-enforcement-officers