Mental Health Resources

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely”

–Quoted from

On Thursday, June 28, there will be a Recovery Stories Dinner at the Steele Memorial Library for people to share dinner and stories of recovery from mental illness. For more information and how to register, please click HERE.

Scroll down for more resources, both national and local.

Trans Lifeline: US 1-877-565-8860 – A hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the trans community might have

National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-7233 – Available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 – Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 & Press 1 – Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) – confidential support services to survivors regardless of where they are in their recovery.

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY – For teens who are thinking of running away from home, have friends who left home, or who left home and want to go back. Anonymous and confidential.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST – Receives reports of missing youth and tips about missing and sexually exploited children. Relays tips to law enforcement representatives and provides support to the families of missing youth.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733) – Accepts tips of trafficking situations, crisis calls from survivors, and calls from law enforcement and service providers

Chemung County NY Crisis Services

Chemung County-Crisis Program Phone: (607) 737-5369 (24/7)

Safehouse and Chemung County Domestic Violence Program. (607) 732-1979 (24 hours)

First Step Victim Services Program for Chemung & Schuyler Counties Contact a Victim Services Advocate at 607.535.2050  Call or text our 24/7 Hotline: 607.742.9629 – Advocacy & referral services to all victims of crime in Chemung & Schuyler Counties, with a strong focus on victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. You must be an innocent victim of a crime (i.e. domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, assault, etc.).Services include: Advocacy & Court Accompaniment, Community Education & Referrals, Compensation Claims/Benefits, Domestic Violence Counseling & Education, Home Visits, Relocation Assistance, Support Groups, Transportation, 24/7 Emergency Services.

Chemung County NY Emergency Shelter

The Samaritan Center in Chemung County  607.734.4898   Emergency Shelter after 4:30 PM: 607.732.5954  Whenever the Shelter is full,  local motels are used, so those in need of shelter can always be accommodated.

NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence

Hotline: 1-800-942-6906 (24/7)  (English & Español, Multi-language Accessibility, 711 National Relay Service if you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)


Some Further Reading —

Sederer, Lloyd I.