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The current COVID-19 public health crisis is stressful for all. You are not alone. Everyone is feeling some level of anxiety and discomfort right now. It is normal to feel this way. If you or a loved one have struggled with anxiety or other mental health concerns, this may be an even more difficult time for you.

Mental Health and Substance Use supports and treatment are available to you even during the state of emergency. You can call 2-1-1 to be directed to help. If you are already connected to a treatment provider, stay in touch with them. If your provider has closed, you can call your local Community Mental Health Center.

  • Call 211 to be connected to help
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
  • Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990

For more behavioral health resources during COVID-19, go to the NH COVID-19 web site.

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The Bureau of Mental Health Services provides statewide leadership of a high-quality mental health system that provides trauma-informed and evidence based practices for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

The Bureau of Mental Health Services (BMHS) contracts with ten regional Community Mental Health Centers and Peer Support Agencies to provide comprehensive community-based mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services. The BMHS also contracts with several Community Mental Health Providers for the provision of housing support services, NAMI NH for suicide prevention and peer and family support services, and four designated receiving facilities. This comprehensive system of care seeks to promote respect, recovery, and full community inclusion for adults, including older adults, who experience a mental illness and children with an emotional disturbance. New Hampshire’s community mental health system is defined in NH laws and rules and valued by all New Hampshire citizens.

Community Mental Health Centers

Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) are private, full-service clinics that offer a wide variety of therapeutic services. Services provided by CMHCs include: 24-hour emergency services, assessment and evaluation, individual, family, and group therapy, case management, community based rehabilitation services, psychiatric services, and community disaster mental health support. All CMHCs have specialized programs for older adults, children, and families. The CMHCs also provide services and referrals for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatment and for short-term counseling and support. Please call the general inquiries phone number to get connected to services.

Psychiatric Crisis Services

When you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, help is just a phone call away. Crisis services are available in your local community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone in New Hampshire experiencing emotional distress can call, text or chat any time of day.

If you are dealing with an immediate crisis, please:

  • Call your existing mental health provider;
  • Call or text the New Hampshire Rapid Response Access Point Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol at (833) 710-6477 or visit to chat with a trained professional.; or
  • Call the statewide suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-talk (1-800-273-8255).

Crisis services are available to anyone in the state who is experiencing emotional distress, thoughts of suicide, or a substance use crisis. Services can be provided via phone, text, or chat or in person by a mental health professional. Reach out now, help is available.

For less urgent situations, please contact:

  • Your local Peer Support Agency
    Several Peer Support Agencies offer "Warm Lines" which provide telephone peer-to-peer support, understanding, sympathy, and advice.

    NAMI NH offers an information and resource line to help individuals and families navigate the mental health system and gain more information about peer services and treatment options in their region (1-800-242-6264).

Peer Support Agencies

The Peer Support Agencies (PSAs) are private not-for-profit agencies that have contracted with BMHS. PSAs provide recovery-oriented support services to adults (18 years of age or older) with mental illness and who identify themselves as a recipient, a former recipient, or a person who is at significant risk of becoming a recipient of publicly funded mental health services. PSAs provide individual and group peer support services both at their physical location and in the community.

Peer support services are provided by and for people with a mental illness and are designed to assist people with their recovery. Peer support consists of supportive interactions based on shared experience among people and are intended to assist people to understand their potential to achieve their personal goals. Peer support agencies accomplish this by providing choice, using non-medical approaches to help, sharing decision making, encouraging informed decision making about all aspects of people's lives, challenging perceived self-limitations, etc.

Services include, but are not limited to: face-to-face and telephone peer support; outreach; monthly educational events; activities that promote self-advocacy; wellness training; after hours warm line; crisis respite (24 hours, short-term, non-medical crisis program).

NAMI New Hampshire

NAMI New Hampshire is a grassroots organization working to improve the quality of life for all by providing support, education and advocacy for people affected by mental illness.

Comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers, NAMI NH provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness.

Information & Resources line (800) 242-6264

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