Behavioral Health Advocacy

      This page and its proceeding sub-pages are dedicated to behavioral health advocacy, the culmination of a decade’s worth of collected and cited research and personal experience. Here you will find a collection of information from several organizations, institutions, and individuals, including a comprehensive listing of U.S. and Missouri crisis hotlines and national helplines.  You will also be able to read about my personal experience with depression, bi-polar disorder, and suicidality.

For those who are experiencing or who have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as those who have lost loved ones to suicide, you in particular will find something here to help find solace, find hope, and finally make your way outside of the darkness of mental health conditions.

The following pages are common destinations for visitors:

More content is available in the menu at the top of the page. For a listing of the hotlines for counties within the state of Missouri you can download the Missouri Access Crisis Intervention Hotlines PDF.  To learn more about my own personal journey click here.


If you or someone you know needs help:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. Spanish and hearing impaired communication available.

National Helpline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline
Free, confidential, 24/7 (even holidays), treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish), for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use issues.

Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
(1-800-985-5990) or Text 66746
Provides 24/7 (even holidays) assistance with crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text options available.


Crisis Text Line
(text the word HOME to 741741)
Trained Crisis Counselors who volunteer their time to provide 24/7, free and confidential support for people in crisis, utilizing active listening and collaborative problem solving.


The Trevor Project
A 24/7 resource for LGBT youth struggling with a crisis or suicidal thoughts. The line is staffed by trained counselors.

Additional hotlines and helplines:

Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Missouri): 1-800-392-0210
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Missouri): 1-800-392-3738
Compass Health Hotline (Mid-Missouri ACI Hotline): 1-800-833-3915
Eating Disorders Helpline (USA): 1-800-931-2237
Missouri’s Report School Violence Tipline: 1-866-748-7047
Narcotics Anonymous Helpline (Mid-Missouri): 1-800-945-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline (USA): 1-800-799-7233
National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children Helpline (USA): 1-888-818-7662
National Sexual Assault Hotline (USA): 1-800-656-4673
National United Way Helpline (USA): 211
Treatment Referral Routing Service Helpline – Mental Health Conditions and Substance Use Disorders (USA): 1-800-662-4357
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