A mental health crisis can be terrifying. These are situations where a person’s behavior, feelings, or actions could put themself or others in harm’s way. Because of the crisis, they also might be unable to take care of themself or function well in day-to-day life. Mental health crises can include suicide or thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, self-harm, and substance or alcohol abuse, among many others.
When you or someone you care about is in crisis, you need help immediately. Call 911 for a life-threatening emergency. But there are also resources specific to mental health crises. If you’re dealing with mental health struggles, here’s how to get instant, free help local to Gallatin County.
As of 2022, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has a new, easy-to-remember number. By calling 988, you can get free, 24/7 access to help. The old lifeline number (1-800-273-TALK) still works; calling either number will get you to the same place. When you call, trained crisis counselors can offer instant support and resources to get you through anything you’re dealing with.
By texting HOME to 741741, you can get real-time help via text. Trained crisis counselors will respond quickly to offer support. They are skilled at active listening and collaborative problem-solving to help you regain peace and calm. They can provide referral information to help you take the next steps in continuing to care for your mental health.
The crisis line does not charge, and people with Verizon, T-mobile, Sprint, and AT&T will not receive a charge on their phone bill for the texts. The message history won’t even appear on the monthly statement. For people with other carriers, standard text messaging rates apply.
Hope House is a facility designed to help stabilize crisis mental health conditions. With eight voluntary crisis stabilization rooms and two emergency detention rooms, Hope House can offer a therapeutic setting with secure surroundings when they’re needed. You can reach Hope House at 406-585-1130.
A team of mental health professionals that conducts emergency evaluations called the Gallatin Mental Health Center (GMHC) crisis response will recommend voluntary or emergency detention placements at Hope House. The contact number for the crisis response team is 406-582-2100.
In Bozeman, Help Center is the independent crisis call center that serves the 988 lifeline. So when you call 988 or 1-800-273-TALK from Gallatin county, that is likely who you will be directed to. You can also reach them on their local number for 24-hour crisis, suicide, and resource help: 406-586-3333.
Montana 211 is an information line and website that makes it easy to find out about the health and human services available near you. When in doubt about what offerings are in your area, just dial 211 or go to Montana211.org. The info includes crisis and emergency services, but it also can offer information about services relating to addictions, health and medical, legal services, tribal resources, and others.
Mental health care does not begin and end in crisis. Know that these resources are there when you need them, and don’t be afraid to call. But if you feel yourself approaching a crisis or you need recovery support, make an appointment with CHP’s behavioral health team for access to affordable mental health care. You are not alone, and there are plenty of ways to get help.