Need mental health help now? One number is all you need

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If you or someone you know needs mental health help right now, one phone number gives you access to a variety of county services.

Dialing 503-655-8585 (TTY: 711 or 800-735-1232) will reach the Clackamas Crisis and Support Line, a free, confidential telephone resource available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

As the name suggests, trained, caring professionals can help callers work through a mental health crisis, however big or small.

You don’t have to be in crisis, though. Any time you need help is the right time to call. We can provide the support, connection, information or education you need to work through the problem before it gets worse.

You can also call the Crisis and Support Line if you’re concerned about a family member, friend, coworker, or anyone else you know who might need help – we’re happy to talk with you about how to assist them.

We might be able to help you with just a phone call, but the Crisis and Support Line can also refer you to a variety of other urgent mental health services.

If you need in-person help, ask our Crisis and Support Line staff about our urgent walk-in clinic: Clackamas Mental Health Center at 11211 SE 82nd Ave, Suite O in Happy Valley.

The MHC staff includes trained mental health specialists, case managers, and a medical professional who work together to care for individuals and families in need. Services include short-term counseling, safety screenings and referral to other resources.

The MHC also provides peer-delivered services, so you can get support from someone who has traveled similar roads of distress and recovery.

The MHC is open Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Holiday hours vary. Appointments are not required; walk in whenever it is convenient for you. If you can’t make it to the clinic, we can still serve you through a phone or video call.

If the crisis is serious enough that you need someone to come to you, the Crisis and Support Line staff can also refer you to our Mobile Crisis Response Team. The MCRT includes clinicians, case managers, and peers, who provide face-to-face therapeutic response where a mental health crisis is occurring. This can be in an individual’s home, at a school, in a business … even on a street corner.

The goal of mobile crisis services is to help you or your loved one resolve the mental health crisis where you are. These services are available anytime, day or night.

To summarize: The Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line is available 24/7, for help and support with a crisis, a concern, or when you just need to talk. We’re here to help, however we can.

If you’re outside of Clackamas County or can’t remember the county number, an alternative is to call the national Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988.