Mental Health

How to Get Started

Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. People often don't get the mental health services they need because they don't know where to start.

  • Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
  • If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.

Get Screened Today

A screening is a tool that has been proven by research to help identify symptoms of a mental health disorder. MHA's screening tools provide an anonymous, free and private way to learn about your mental health and if you are showing warning signs of a mental illness.

Crisis Services

If you're in danger of harming yourself or someone else, call 911 immediately. 

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

If you are a Veteran, dial 988 and press 1 or text 838255.

Call or text 988 or chat

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

There are several local crisis and warmlines available.

For Hampton and Newport News residents, you can contact the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board. The Crisis Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 757-788-0011. The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board also hosts a Peer Warmline from 8am-11pm, 7 days a week. Call 757-251-2394.

For James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York residents, you can contact Colonial Behavioral Health. The Emergency Services Line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 757-378-5555.

Talk About Mental Health

Upcoming Mental Health Events in the Community

The Peninsula Community Health Collaborative (PCHC), in partnership with WHRO Public Media and local public school systems, will host screenings of Hiding in Plain Sight, a youth mental health documentary. A panel discussion of mental and behavioral health experts will follow the film.

This film is suitable for children in middle school and above, guardians, professionals, and anyone interested in learning about how to begin the conversation around mental health with youth and ways to access resources in our community.

This event is free to all. Registration is required. To register, please visit

Please see the dates and locations of the events below:

PCHC is a collective of Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts, Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Riverside Health System, and Sentara Healthcare.