What is mental health?

Your social, emotional and psychological well being are all important components of mental health. Mental illness affects millions of Americans each year and can manifest in a number of ways.

If you have changes in your mood, thinking or behavior, an inability to complete normal tasks, be productive, or engage with others, you may be experiencing a mental illness.

Learn more about the types of mental illness, the causes, and how it can affect your health in the long term.

If you need immediate help:

Suicide Preventions Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. Click here for more information

Crisis Text Line: Text "hello" to 741741

Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment. Click here for more information

Baltimore Crisis Response Inc. (BRCI): Call 410-433-5175

Trained counselors provide mental health and substance use information and referrals, supportive counseling, suicide crisis intervention and adolescent crisis intervention. They also dispatch emergency assistance and link callers with more intensive BCRI and community services. The Hotline operates as the gateway to BCRI's Mobile Crisis Team. Click here for more information

UHS Mental Health: For any urgent mental health concerns after hours or on the weekend, please call 410-955-1892 and follow the instructions to speak with a mental health professional.

If it is an emergency, always dial 911 or head to the nearest emergency department.

Dr. Jennifer Howes, the Chief Mental Health Director at JHU, recently spoke to us about current Mental Health Services at JHU.

Take a moment to look through her informative slides to learn more about what services are offered here at Johns Hopkins as well as learn about the exciting steps the Student Health and Well-Being Office is taking to continue to improve mental health services for JHU learners.

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On Campus Resources:

Student Mental Health Services - East Baltimore

High quality, compassionate care for students, residents, fellows and trainees at the school of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health. 
To make a 20-minute Consultation: Call 410-955-1892
Please visit the Website for more information

Services offered by SHWB MHS-East Balitmore*

  • In-person and telehealth appointment
  • Goal oriented, individual mental health services
  • Referrals to community providers
  • Consultation for faculty, staff, and learners who are conerned about someone

University-wide Mental Health Services

  • Crisis intervention and support, 24/7/365
  • Drop-in groups and workshops
  • Chat with a Counselor
  • Self-assessmetns and support tools
  • On-demand and scheduled teletherapy through TimelyCare


  • 933 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205
  • 550 N. Broadway, Baltiomore, MD 21205

*Psychiatry and therapy services at the 933N. Wolfe Street clinic requires payment of the health fee: part time and online elarners should discuss their needs at the initial consultation appointment for care options.

JHU - TimelyMD

Mental Telehealth is a convenient way for Johns Hopkins University students to receive 24/7, no-cost mental health support through TalkNow (talk about anything, anytime) and Scheduled Counseling for common issues and concerns that can be safely and accurately discussed and treated virtually. All you need is an internet connection. Click here for more information.

External Resources:

  • TimelyCare: via the TimelyCare App, access two free, confidential services: TalkNow, which provides 24/7 access to a counselor via telephone; and Scheduled Counseling, which provides up to 12 scheduled televideo individual counseling each year
  • SilverCloud: Online, confidential mental health resource that offers 24/7 access to interactive learning modules that teach cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques (free to full-time students & trainees)
  • Maryland Psychological Association: Comprehensive list of resources available
  • 60 Digital Resources for Mental Health: At Social Work License Map, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues.
  • Calm: Mindfulness meditation app that includes soothing sounds and peaceful pictures, along with guided meditation and sleep stories (free premium access for JHU users)
  • Destress Monday: An online initiative providing information and reminders to support a positive start to the week and reduce stress overall.
  • JED Foundation is a non-profit that focuses on emotional health and suicide prevention for young adults.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Psychology Today
  • Maryland 2-1-1
  • A drug and alcohol abuse hotline aims to help individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and provide them with information related to addiction and treatment. These hotlines are confidential, free, and exist to help those suffering from addiction even if they feel hopeless about recovery.
  • This extensive list provides info on common mental health issues such as addiction and substance use disorders, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, the best apps for mental health, and online mental health support groups/websites.
  • which helps people find local Narcotics Anonymous meetings and provides resources for various types of treatment including inpatient, outpatient and support groups.
  • provides info for people at any stage of their recovery journey, including info on different types of therapy/recovery options, warning signs, how to talk to a family member, definitions of different types of treatment and a local treatment center directory.
  • is about providing the most complete list of free, low cost, sliding scale, and low income assisted rehab list on the Internet. We scoured thousands of non profit organizations that provide alcohol, drug, another other assistance with substance abuse rehabilitation.
  • The Guide to Mental Health for Veterans in College was designed to help veterans better manage the stress and anxiety that might come with being a college student and inform them of the types of support resources they can access

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Created by: Juliane Liberto. Page last updated: 11/22