Who Can Help?
Looking for help with mental wellness support? Here are places you can start.
Sometimes we’re looking for ways to improve our daily habits for mental health, and sometimes we’re looking for help when life seems out of balance. Whatever the reason, the resources and information links below offer a guide to learning more about minding your mind.
Find practical steps and tips for wellness, read new research on brain science, and connect to local resources through the links below.
Find health and wellness help near you in Central Oregon:
The Central Oregon Suicide Prevention Alliance (COSPA) is a regional organization that was created through a collaborative partnership among public and private organizations in Central Oregon. We serve all residents in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties.
Mosaic Medical offers behavioral and emotional health services at all their clinics in Central Oregon. They offer help for all ages, and have school-based clinics as well. Call (541) 383-3005 to connect with the clinic nearest you in Prineville, Madras, Bend or Redmond.
Connect with a local support group through NAMI Central Oregon (National Alliance on Mental Health.) They also offer free seminars and courses for people experiencing mental health problems in their families.
Seniors can find help with mental wellness, connecting to a community, and living independently through the Council on Aging in Central Oregon. Learn more about their events and services at senior centers throughout Central Oregon by calling (541) 678-5483 or by email.
Seniors and adults with disabilities experiencing loneliness or depression can find connections by calling the Friendship Line, a 24-hour phone dedicated to emotional support, grief support, and referrals to local help. Call 1-800-971-0016 to speak with a trained support volunteer, or call (415) 750-4111 to sign up for weekly check-in calls.
Crook County Services
Mental health services are provided by the Crook County Mental Health Offices and Lutheran Community Services Northwest. Find them at 1103 NE Elm St in Prineville, or call (541) 323-5330 for more information.
Jefferson County Services
Help with mental health and recovery from addiction is available through Best Care Services in Madras. They also have centers in Bend and Redmond. To learn more, call (541) 504-9577.
Warm Springs Community Counseling offers mental health assessments as well as group and individual counseling for tribal members. Find them at 1233 Veterans St in Warm Springs, or call (541) 553-1161.
Deschutes County Services
St Charles Behavioral Health Services offers diagnosis and treatment for many mental health challenges. Contact their Bend office at (541) 706-7730 and their Redmond office at (541) 706-2768.
Deschutes County Health Services helps connect county residents with treatment for severe mental health and addiction issues. Call (541) 322-7500 for more information.
24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINES
Deschutes County: (541) 322-7500, ext. 9
Jefferson County: (541) 475-6575
Crook County: (541) 323-5330
FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911
The Oregon Health Authority offers statewide information on mental health services. If you or someone you love needs help with a specific problem, the state of Oregon crisis hotlines can help direct you to resources near you:
Alcohol and Drug Help Line 1 (800) 923-4357
Mental Health Crisis/Suicide 1 (800) 273-8255
Problem Gambling 1 (877) 695-4648
Military Helpline 1 (888) 457-4838
Youthline 1 (877) 968-8491
Expand your toolbox for staying healthy and resilient
The National Institute of Health has created an online bank of ideas and tools for strengthening emotional and mental wellness. Some topics include:
- Coping with grief and loss
- Relaxation Techniques
- Understanding depression
- Guide to healthy sleep
Build resiliency in the next generation, from toddlers through teens, with resources and ideas found at HealthyChildren.org. A project of the American Academy of Pediatirics, this website offers helpful articles on topics such as:
- How to talk with children about disasters and terrorism
- Coping with anger and strong emotions
- Introducing meditation and yoga for kids
Build healthy habits into your life with tips from Mindful.org. This non-profit project shares personal stories and practical advice for developing mindfulness, and helps you bring the positive benefits to your life, work, mindset, and relationships.
Use phone and tablet apps to mind your mind
Super Better is a game that helps develop resilience, strength and motivation, even in challenging circumstances. Game designer Jane McGonical created Super Better when she was healing from a severe brain injury, and describes it in her TED talk.
Calm offers guided meditations to help people manage anxiety, lower stress, and sleep better.
Pacifica helps track moods and health markers, and sets daily challenges for changing negative thoughts. This app also creates a community where users can connect and share stories.
First Step gives direct access to help for teens in crisis or who want to find help for a friend. All students in the Bend-LaPine school can access this app through their own phones or on school-issued ipads. Students can text, email, or call to talk to a trained, supportive teen, or can report any dangerous behavior or safety threats.
Listen to podcasts that explore mental wellness issues
The Struggle Bus is a weekly advice podcast where hosts Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin answer listener questions about topics ranging from panic disorder to self-care to surviving the holidays, all with compassion and good humor.
The Mental Illness Happy Hour, hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin, offers weekly episodes of honest, relatable discussions and about common mental health issues like depression, addiction, and body image.
Happier is a podcast hosted by Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project.” Each episode discusses thoughtful, practical ideas and advice for bringing more happiness into our lives.
Stay up to date on the latest research on mental health
Medical News Today and Science Daily are two news sites that cover the research and discoveries in mental health news that affects us all. They include articles from research groups and journals around the world.
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to information and services for mental health professionals and community leaders, as well as the general public. Important topics include a look at the myths vs. facts, information on recovery, and how to talk about mental health.
Types of Providers
Primary Care Provider
A physician (M.D. – Medical Doctor or D.O. – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant who provides, coordinates or helps a patient access a range of health care services.
Mental Health Counselor
A counselor with a masters degree and several years of supervised clinical work experience. Trained to diagnose and provide individual and group counseling.
Licensed Professional Counselor*
A counselor with a masters degree in psychology, counseling or a related field. Trained to diagnose and provide individual and group counseling.
Clinical Social Worker*
A counselor with a masters degree in social work from an accredited graduate program. Trained to make diagnoses, provide individual and group counseling, and provide case management and advocacy; usually found in the hospital setting.
Marriage and Family Therapist*
A counselor with a masters degree, with special education and training in marital and family therapy. Trained to diagnose and provide individual and group counseling.
A psychologist with a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited/ designated program in psychology. Psychologists are trained to make diagnoses and provide individual and group therapy.
A medical doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illnesses. A psychiatrist can prescribe medication, but they often do not counsel patients.
Psychiatric or Mental Health Nurse Practitioner*
A registered nurse practitioner with a graduate degree and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional illness.
*These descriptions are from Mental Health America. For more information, visit mentalhealthamerica.net