Treatments for Mental Disorders

Learn about the different kinds of treatments and services that are effective in helping people with mental disorders.

Mental disorders are generally characterized by changes in mood, thought, or behavior. They can make daily activities difficult and impair a person’s ability to work, interact with family, and fulfill other major life functions.

Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health – 2014 (PFD | 3.4 MB) show that 43.6 million adults ages 18 and older experienced some form of mental illness in the past year, or about 18.1% of the adult population.

Types of Mental Disorders

Learn about the definitions, signs and symptoms, risk factors, evidence-based treatments, complementary therapies, recovery and support services, and future research related to these mental disorders:

Funding and Technical Assistance

SAMHSA’s Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) provides funds and technical assistance for community-based mental health services to adults with serious mental illnesses and to children with serious emotional disturbances. SAMHSA also funds several other grant programs to help individuals with or at risk of developing mental disorders.

For more information about these programs, read about SAMHSA’s grant opportunities and the grant application, review, and management process.

Finding Treatment

For general information on mental disorders and how to locate treatment services in your area, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator and the National Institute of Mental Health Help for Mental Illnesses webpage have more information and resources.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are worried that someone you know might be suicidal, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Last Updated: 04/05/2017