Links & Resources

IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS AND NEED IMMEDIATE HELP

If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away:
 
  • Call your doctor's office.
  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital.
 
IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND IN A CRISIS
 
If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die. Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment.
 
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE MARYLAND - Contact the Psychological Association in your state for help finding the appropriate resource.
 
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
 
Maryland Network of Care - http://www.maryland.networkofcare.org/  website allows searching for resources by county.
 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.
 
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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration http://www.samhsa.gov/ Within the Federal government, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a “Services Locator” for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and resources nationwide. Visit their Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/index.aspx or call 1-800-789-2647 (toll free).
 

American Addictions Centers http://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/ provides information about rehab options for addictions.

 
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ website provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses.
 
Mental Health America (MHA)The http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-screening-tools web site is sponsored by Mental Health America. This website offers a confidential way for adults to get screened for depression, anxiety, bipolar or PTSD, and guides people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.
 

Maryland CORE SERVICE AGENCIES-CSA by county http://www.marylandbehavioralhealth.org/core-service-agency-directory

 
Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx
 
 
 
MedlinePlus http://medlineplus.gov/ A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
 
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence http://www.mnadv.org/  If you are being abused by a loved one, you do have options to help make yourself safer. You may want to develop a safety plan, or get a protective order. Your local domestic violence services program can help you with safety planning, seeking a protective order, or exploring many other options and services.
 

Maryland Crime Victim's Resource Center http://www.mdcrimevictims.org/  Ensures that victims of crime receive justice and are treated with dignity and compassion through comprehensive victims' rights and services.    

 
Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) is a remedial body designed to provide aid and assistance to victims of crime in Maryland.
 
United States Department of Justice Elder Justice Website
A resource for victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families
 
Caregiver Resource Directory
A listing of resources for caregivers of Service members.
 
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Maryland Cancer Collaborative
The Maryland Cancer Collaborative provides a "Guide to Cancer Survivorship Care and Resources for Cancer Patients" listing resources in Maryland for cancer survivors.
 
 

American Cancer Society   http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp Provides information on ACS programs and events, and local ACS chapters.

 
CancerCare, Inc  http://www.cancercare.org/  is a national not for profit social service agency providing free counseling services to people with cancer and their families. Free counseling is provided via face to face individual and group sessions at four regional offices (NYC, Long Island/NY, New Jersey, and Connecticut) and via the telephone and on-line with people throughout the nation.
 
Johns Hopkins Cancer Center  http://www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org/index.cfm
Comprehensive cancer center offering the latest in treatments, medication and clinical trail studies as well as offers an array of support services and online resources. 
 
Livestrong Foundation   http://www.livestrong.org/ The mission of the Livestrong Foundation is to enhance the quality of survival of those diagnosed with cancer. The Livestrong Foundation seeks to promote the optimal physical, psychological, and social recovery and care of cancer survivors and their loved ones.
 
National Cancer Institute   http://www.nci.nih.gov/ is responsible for conducting and supporting research on cancer. There is extensive information on this Web site about the NCI and its programs. A valuable section of the site called "CancerNet" contains a wealth of information about cancer, treatment options, detection, prevention, genetics, supportive care, clinical trials, and a ‘kid’s page’. There is also a Spanish-language button.
 
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation http://www.komen.org/ Visit this site to learn what is being done to eradicate breast cancer through research, education, screening and treatment. Patients, family and friends of those facing the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis can find information and resources to support in the fight against breast cancer.
 
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults http://ulmanfund.org/ works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors.
 
The Ashley Foundation www.theashleyfoundation.org   Provides educational and supportive programs to teens, ages 13-19 years, living with cancer as well as their families, friends and communities. Teens must live within Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery or Washington counties in Maryland to be eligible for most services. Services include: Scholarship program, financial assistance for gasoline cards and hospital meal vouchers, support groups, and educational materials.
 
Although The Pro Bono Counseling Project has initially screened these sites, we cannot verify the accuracy of data they contain. As always, discussing information with your health care team will help you determine the accuracy of what you have learned, and whether the information is relevant to your particular case.
 
External links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute endorsement of or an approval by the PBCP of any of the products, services, or opinions of the corporation, organization, or individual. The PBCP bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.
 
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