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Getting Help

​​​​Maryland has a new way to connect to local behavioral health crisis services. 

Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which encompasses all behavioral crisis services, to include all mental health and substance use (problems with drug and alcohol use). Learn more.


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If you are in IMMEDIATE DANGER of hurting yourself or someone else, please call 911.  

How do you know if you, or a loved one, needs mental health help? 
  • Difficulty coping with daily life                             
  • Feeling sad, stressed or worried
  • Not sleeping or eating well
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Experiencing strange thoughts (e.g., hearing voices)

How do you know if you, or a loved one, needs substance use disorder help?
  • Feeling that you have to use alcohol or drugs regularly — this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Over time, needing more alcohol or drugs to get the same effect
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of alcohol or drugs 
  • Spending money on alcohol or drugs, even though you can't afford it
  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities, or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of alcohol or drug use
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing in your attempts to control or stop using alcohol or drugs
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking alcohol or drugs 

For more information on mental health and substance use disorders, please click here.
If you are looking for information or help with problem gambling, please click here.
If you are a veteran looking for help, please click h​er​e​​​.