Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Rockville, MD. (877) 726-4727.

No one is immune to mental health problems, suicidal thinking or addiction issues - not even clergy and people of faith. They may need help themselves or try to help someone else. SAMHSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is “a leader in public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation." They provide Treatment Locator Assistance, a {{Suicide Prevention Lifeline |}}, an Opioid Treatment Program Directory, a Veteran's Crisis Line and a Toolkit for Recovery Month (September). Agencies like SAMHSA, whose programs recognize the complex interplay of mental health problems and addictions, are based on current best treatment practices. Clergy, caregivers and lay leaders working with people with addiction issues will greatly benefit from using and recommending SAMHSA programs and assistance.