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Mental Health

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia issues a Directory for Youth and Family Services. The following referrals are from the directory’s December 2012 edition.
Access Helpline
The Access Helpline is the easiest way to get connected to services provided by the Department of Mental Health and its certified mental health care providers. This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by mental health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care. The Access Helpline can activate mobile crisis teams to respond to adults and children who are experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis and are unable or unwilling to travel to receive mental health services. 
Call the Access Helpline to:
  • Get emergency psychiatric care
  • Help with problem solving
  • Determine whether to seek ongoing mental health services or other types of services
  • Find out what services are available
Young people can call the Access Helpline for help dealing with the drama of family, death, school, drugs, gangs and violence.  The line can help sort out and manage feelings of hopelessness, anger, grief, stress or whatever is troubling the consumer. 
201 Connecticut Avenue, NW #300
Washington, DC  20008
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE 
Suite 236
Washington, DC  20020
5321 First Place, NE
Washington, DC  20017
(202) 624-0010 (intake number for all locations)
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing provides individual and group grief counseling, support groups, and training and education to ease the impact of illness, loss and bereavement. In addition they provide a free weekend, sleep- away grief summer camp that gives children ages 6-16 an opportunity to enter a safe place to grieve and heal after suffering the death of a loved one. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.