City of Independence, Missouri

COVID-19: Mental Health Resources

Anxious about COVID-19?

mental health resources imgThe Missouri Department of Mental Health has a Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The Helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

These counselors provide:

  • Crisis counseling for people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
  • Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families
  • Tips for healthy coping
  • Referrals to local crisis call centers for additional follow-up care and support

When you call or text, crisis counselors will listen to what’s on your mind with patience and without judgment. There is no need to give any identifying information when you contact the Disaster Distress Helpline.

You can find more resources from the Department of Mental Health here:

MO Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) -  Alcohol & Drug Use

MO Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) - Mental Illness

An additional resource through our local partners at Comprehensive Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the ACI Crisis hotline, 1-888-279-8188. The Access Crisis Intervention (ACI) system provides confidential mental health information and services to people who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis. ACI is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to children, adolescents and adults. Services are provided by Community Mental Health Centers throughout the region. Anyone in CommCare's service area of 22 counties in Northwestern Missouri can access ACI services free of charge. 

Comprehensive Mental Health Services: Crisis Resources

Community Mental Health Centers Map

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