Finding mental health experts
Support for severe distress
If you are experiencing severe distress and cannot wait for a referral to a mental health care professional, please call the experts at the National Suicide Prevention Helpline.
- The National Suicide Prevention Helpline is a network of crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or extreme distress. Dial 988.
Finding professional support related to cancer distress
The following resources can help you locate a mental health expert in your area.
- Association of Oncology Social Workers: Database for finding a social worker by location
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Tips for finding a mental health professional
- The Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Database of licensed professionals who provide telehealth services
- Mental Health America: Tool for finding a mental health care professional based on people's current needs
Other ways to find experts
- Register for the FORCE Message Boards and post on the Find a Specialist board to connect with other people who share your situation.
- The National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers have specialists to manage the symptoms and side effects from cancer prevention or treatment.
- Cancercare is a nonprofit organization that provides support through their trained oncology social workers, or call 800-813-HOPE.
- Livestrong has helpful information and tips for finding mental health care professionals.
Resources, Tips, More Help
Tips on mental health care experts
Mental health care experts may be psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, chaplains and pastoral care experts.
For more information on mental health and cancer-related distress, visit our section on emotional health.
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