Mental Health Service Providers

The following is a list of St. Louis area providers of mental health services, many of which are free. At our in-person Starting the Conversation events, we bring in representatives of service providers to answer questions and distribute information. If you need help, one or more of these providers may be able to address your situation. Because we recognize that it can be hard to know what's best for you and your child, we also suggest that you consult your pediatrician for guidance. Other resources providing immediate help are the suicide prevention lifeline (call 1-800-273-8255(TALK)) and the crisis text line (text HOME to 741741).

Behavioral Health Response

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“BHR provides confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services and critical incident stress management (CISM). BHR’s crisis hotline and mobile outreach services are provided free of charge to the public by paid professional staff who have masters degrees in their respective behavioral science disciplines."

-Via their website

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) - Missouri Chapter

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“The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide."

–Via their website

Saint Louis Counseling

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“We have experienced the joys in life, and we have experienced sadness, heartbreaks, and hurt. We have dedicated our lives to helping others, we are licensed physiologists, counselors, and teachers that want you to experience the the best version of yourself."

-Via their website

Mental Health America of Eastern MO

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“We offer various programs designed to be educational and supportive."

-Via their website

Independence Center

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“Our mission is to provide all the services and resources a person with a serious and persistent mental illness needs, to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose, and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life."

-Via their website

NAMI STL (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

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“The families and members of NAMI St. Louis are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness."

-Via their website

Lutheran Family and Children's Services

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Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri (LFCS) serves nearly 50,000 people across the state each year.

-Via their website

Mercy Kids Behavioral Health

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“Our pediatric behavioral health specialists focus on understanding your child’s unique personality, behavior and challenges, and work with them to find the right treatments for their individual needs."

-Via their website

St. Louis Children's Hospital Teen Helpline

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“This free service offered by St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers parents accurate and just-in-time information concerning adolescent development and behavior."

-Via their website

BJC Behavioral Health

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“BJC Behavioral Health provides and coordinates an array of mental health services for citizens residing in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the counties of St. Francois, Iron and Washington, Missouri. We serve as the point of entry for people eligible for services funded through the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and we also provide services under some health plans and grants."

-Via their website

Kids Under 21

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“KUTO is dedicated to providing youth-focused programming throughout the greater St. Louis area. Our crisis prevention, suicide intervention and postvention support services include community awareness, outreach and education; a youth-staffed telephone hotline; Peer Helper Skills Training; and support for survivors of a completed suicide."

-Via their website


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“Provident’s experienced and licensed clinical therapists are able to provide quality and caring counseling to help individuals and families to a brighter future in the St. Louis metropolitan area."

-Via their website

Washington Early Recognition Center

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"Washington Early Recognition Center (WERC) is a specialized treatment clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University Medical School. It is the only clinical service in the St. Louis region specializing in the comprehensive mental health care of adolescents and young adults (aged 13-25 yrs) who have been recently diagnosed with a psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia and certain types of bipolar disorder) or are experiencing early signs of psychosis."

-Via their website

UMSL Community Psychological Service

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"The Community Psychological Service (CPS) is a not-for-profit outpatient mental health center established by the University of Missouri-St. Louis to provide psychological services to residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area. . . . Learn more about our St. Louis City and County, Franklin County or St. Charles County no-cost evaluation programs."

-Via their website

St. Louis County Youth Connection Hotline Information

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is designed to give you the skills you need to help someone who may be developing or experiencing a mental health challenge. Several of the service providers listed above offer free MHFA classes, including online classes. There are different formats for these classes. One format focuses on youth mental health, another focuses on adult mental health, and a third addresses teen mental health. We recommend that you consult the service providers' websites to find information about MHFA offerings that work best for you. In addition, trainings can be found at