As part of our week-long focus on mental health in Irish American community we compiled a list of helpful links and hotlines for those who may be suffering from depression or be concerned about a loved one.
From speaking to members with in your community to reaching out to anonymous stranger there are plenty of options out there for those who are willing to talk.
If you have any other resources you would like added to this list or stories you would like to share with the IrishCentral community please email editors [at] IrishCentral.com.
The Coalition of Immigration Centers
The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella organization which represents Irish immigrant groups throughout the United States. From this site you can find your local Irish center where you can connect with your Irish and Irish American community.
Riverdale Mental Health Association, Bronx NY
RMHA is an award-winning, not-for-profit agency providing effective behavioral health care to approximately 2,000 individuals living in the Northwest Bronx, Upper Manhattan and Westchester County. RMHA was founded by local leaders led by The Society for Ethical Culture in 1959 in response to the overwhelming perceived need for community mental health care in the area.
Westchester Jewish Community Services, White Plains, New York
Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a non-sectarian, state-licensed, not-for-profit agency, has been a leader in mental health, home health care, developmental disabilities and human services since 1943, serving all people who live or work in Westchester without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. If you have a problem, it is likely we have a program or service to help you.
The Training Institute for Mental Health
For more than 50 years, the Training Institute for Mental Health (TI), a nonprofit organization, has provided affordable, high-quality counseling services to people who live, work or go to school in the New York City Metropolitan area.
The Mental Health Association of Westchester County
914-345-0700 ext. 7303
The mission of The Mental Health Association of Westchester County, Inc. is to promote mental health in Westchester, New York through advocacy, community education and direct services.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers.
National Hopeline Network
National Hopeline Network connects people who are depressed or suicidal -- or those who are concerned about someone they love — automatically to a CONTACT USA or AAS certified crisis center.
Samaritans completely confidential 24-hour crisis response hotline, staffed by professionally trained volunteers who have responded to over 1 million calls, provides immediately accessible ongoing emotional support to those who are in distress or suicidal.
Girl's and Boy's Town National Hotline
Provides crisis intervention, information and referrals for general population. Free and confidential. Short-term crisis intervention. Suicide prevention. Works with children and families.
716-862-HELP (716- 862-4357)
Anyone of any age who is experiencing a personal, emotional or mental health crisis can call 24 hours a day. When you call Crisis Services you will always speak with a professional counselor or trained paraprofessional volunteer.
Nat'l Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center
1-866-615-6464 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm EST)
Provides information and literature on anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. Leave name and mailing address and literature will be mailed to you.
Mental Health America
1-800-969-6642 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm EST)
Provides free information on over 200 mental health topics including bipolar disorder, depression, bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorder and warning signs of mental illness. Referrals to local mental health services. Distributes free national directory of local mental health associations and offers low-cost materials. Advocates to remove stigma of mental illness and for mental health benefits parity.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
Visiti aa.org to find your local information.
Inter-Group Association of Alcoholics Anonymous of New York
Safe Horizon Sexual
Provides comprehensive services to victims of rape and sexual assault that range from in-house assistance to referrals for services that range from medical assistance to counseling. Services are available citywide in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, and other languages.
LGBT Anti-Violence Project
The New York City Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
The Mood Disorders Support Group of NY
212-533-MDSG or 212-533-6374
Since 1981, the Mood Disorders Support Group of NY have been supporting individuals with depression and manic-depression (bipolar disorder), as well as their families and friends.
Historic film of old Ireland from 1934 (VIDEO)