Do You Need Help?
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800- 273 –TALK (8255)
In an Emergency :
Call 911. The teenager will be transported to a local emergency room. Emergency Rooms have staff trained to evaluate crises, and to refer for hospitalization if needed.
University Neuropsychiatric Institute
Sometimes a teenager is in a crisis situation, but wants help, and is willing to go for an evaluation. In the Salt Lake City area, the University Neuropsychiatric Institute has staff available for free crisis evaluations 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-per-week. (801) 583-2500
For less urgent cases, best options are:
- - A Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist: This is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental-health problems in teenagers.
- - If the mood problems seem situational, and not biological, consider starting with a therapist first. Types of therapists include psychologists or licensed clinical social workers.
- - If a trained therapist is seeing a teenager who is not responding to therapy, the pediatrician may be willing to prescribe medication for a mood disorder.
The Utah 211 Information line can refer you to a mental-health agency or support professional if you need assistance outside the Salt Lake Valley.
211 Info Bank, a program of Community Services Council, is a free information and referral line for health, human and community services. 211 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, child care resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.