Once it has been determined that a woman needs additional help and support, there are ample local resources and services available to help. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look and how to access them.
For Immediate Needs:
National SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides helpful guidelines for a crisis situation (be sure upon calling for an ambulance to specify that this is a “mental health emergency” and ask for responders with crisis intervention training).
For Less Immediate Needs:
Florida State University College of Medicine’s Tallahassee Area Mental Health Referral Guide:
This online resource of local mental health and social service providers is searchable by provider specialty and accepted insurances.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) also has ample resources for finding treatment and services for alcohol, drug, or mental health problems. Find Help at SAMSA
2-1-1 Big Bend is a local 24-hour hotline that provides crisis intervention and assistance, assessment, emotional support, and referrals to local agencies for all human service needs spanning from mental health to rent assistance or childcare. They provide their directory online Big Bend 211 Help Line for self-service, or dial 211 to be connected to a 2-1-1 hotline counselor for help.
Postpartum Support International (PSI) is an agency created specifically to provide education and peer support to women and their families as they journey through perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. They have online and phone-in support groups for mothers AND FOR THEIR PARTNERS. Additionally, Tallahassee and the surrounding areas are served by three volunteer peer-support coordinators who are on call 24/7 to talk to any local women who need support or help connecting to services.
Visit their website at Postpartum.net to connect to online resources or call a local PSI Coordinator for additional assistance.