Mental Health Resources

  • Capitol Counseling/ Capitol EAP 518-462-6531
    • Our Space, is a supportive virtual safe space to discuss the complex feelings, challenges, as well as current and historical experiences faced by persons of color in America. Our space will focus on honest expression, self-care, and mutual aid needed to navigate our current climate with our holistic selves intact. Our Space –Saturdays, 10AM starting June 13, 2020.
    • Safe place to ask questions, share personal experiences and openly discuss racism, social injustices and inequalities. Throughout this process, you will gain invaluable insight and perspectives from all sides of these vitally important issues. You can also learn how to get involved in your community, become an ally and make a difference. We will provide an opportunity to discuss current events as well as systemic prejudice and discrimination.

FREE Mental Health Hotlines:

  • Mental Health COVID-19 Support Line, 7 days/WEEK- 8am- 5pm, 518/269-6634.
  • Albany Mobile Crisis Hotline, 24 hours, 7 days/week,  518/549-6500. 
  • The Family Counselling Center, Non-Crisis Warm Line, M-F 8-8, SAT 9-5, 518-725-4310, EXT 333.
  • Mental Health Hotline with 6,000+ Mental Health Professionals assisting callers: 844-863-9314.
  • The Empowerment Exchange, peer mentor support, M-F, 9-9 at 1-518-235-2173 or confidential
  • warmline 24/7, 1-800-643-7462.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline’s toll-free number (1–800–985–5990) 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—1–800–273–TALK (1–800–273–8255), or, for support in Spanish, call 1–888–628–9454. 

Mental wellness tools for families, schools, students and community partners from The School Mental Health Resource and Training Center provides Sign up for monthly newsletters- June’s was about Allyship.

Disaster Response and Recovery Tip Sheets

For Faith-based Communities and Spiritual Leader

Resources for Children, Youth, Parents and Other Caregivers, and Schools

  • Understanding Child Trauma
    • This web page identifies events that children and youth may experience as traumatic, presents statistics on traumatic experiences and their effects on children and youth, lists signs of traumatic stress in children and youth of various ages, and offers tips for parents and other important adults in the lives of children and youth for helping children and youth to cope with trauma. Links to resources for more information and support are also provided.
  • Age-related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
    • In this information and tip sheet, the NCTSN provides an overview of how children and adolescents may react to natural and human-caused disasters that they experience as traumatic. It describes reactions typical within specific age ranges and offers tips for parents and other caregivers, school personnel, healthcare practitioners, and community members to help children and adolescents cope.
  • Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times
    • This resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides information on community violence, how it can affect daily lives, and what to do for support.
  • Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
    • In this 1-page tip sheet, the NCTSN identifies 10 ways in which youth may react to community traumas such as natural or human-caused disasters and suggests ways for educators to respond to these reactions and support youth in coping. The tip sheet also advises educators to find professional mental health support for youth—and for themselves—as needed.  
  • Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue
    • This SAMHSA tip sheet defines and describes compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. It lists signs of compassion fatigue and offers tips for preventing compassion fatigue and coping with it if it occurs, and it notes that responders may also experience positive effects as a result of their work.
      • This tip sheet is also available in Spanish HERE