additional resources

Below is a list of local resources related to mental health in the Portland metro area.



For emergency crisis intervention please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Within the city of Portland be sure to state that this is a mental health crisis and ask for the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team. Police responders will be accompanied by a mental health professional.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line

Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis.

Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. 


For residents of Multnomah County there is 24/7 crisis counseling by phone, with translation services for non-English speakers.

|800| 716.9769


For outside of Multnomah County there is a 24 hour suicide prevention hotline.

|800| 273.8255


4212 SE Division, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97206 [enter at corner of SE Division and 42nd Ave.]
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 

|503| 236.7166


The DVRC Crisis Line provides crisis support, intervention, and resource referrals to victims and survivors of domestic violence 24/7. 

|503| 469.8620


The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

|800| 273.8255 press 1


Directory for a wide range of human services.

Call 211


National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) | NAMI provides free support for individuals and families.
Please see your chapter’s website for weekly group meeting schedules.

Local NAMI chapters are organized by county:

NAMI Multnomah County
|503| 338.5692

NAMI Washington County
|503| 356.3685

NAMI Clackamas County
|503| 344.5050

Recommended Reading

The following books promote a deeper understanding of the human condition. These books include existential themes -- being in the world, our pursuit of meaning, fulfillment of purpose, and living authentically.


Emotional Intelligence

by Daniel Goleman

The world renowned author and researcher provides his experience exploring the untapped resource of navigating emotions with understanding and respect or the human emotional experience and the power it yields.



Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. 

The Gift of Therapy

by Irvin D. Yalom, M.D.

A candid description of his experience providing decades of service to helping people discover themselves.

Toward a Psychology of Being

by Abraham Maslow

Theories of self-actualization and the hierarchy of human needs are the cornerstone of modern humanistic psychology, and no book so well epitomizes those ideas as this timeless classic.

A Way of Being

by Carl R. Rogers

A profound and deeply personal collection of essays by renowned psychologist Carl Rogers.

On Becoming a Person

by Carl R. Rogers

The founder of the humanistic psychology movement, Carl Rogers revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of "client-centered therapy."

The following books explore the numerous elements of human attachment, love, and intimate connection.


Hold Me Tight

by Sue Johnson

Seven conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Dr Sue Johnson's breakthrough work in attachment theory, emotion-focused couples therapy, and why humans seek connection.



Love Sense

by Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson presents a new understanding of why and how we love based on the latest and most comprehensive attachment research.

The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work

by John M Gottman

By using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail, Dr. John Gottman provides a proven method of facilitating a more consummate romantic relationship.

After the Affair

by Janis Abrahms Spring

Janis Abrahms Spring teaches partners how to heal themselves and grow from the shattering crisis of an infidelity.

The following books explore the human experience with confronting fear and shame in pursuit of authenticity and belonging.


The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

The author shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living -- a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Daring Greatly

by Brene Brown

Drawing focus to a new way of integrating the experience of vulnerability.

Braving the Wilderness

by Brene Brown

Providing her understanding, through decades of research, of the experiences that bring meaning to our lives -- courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.

The following books increase awareness of the effects of trauma.


The Body Keeps Score

by Bessel Van Der Kolk

The foremost expert on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing from the bottom up.

After the Affair

by Janis Abrahms Spring

Janis Abrahms Spring teaches partners how to heal themselves and grow from the shattering crisis of an infidelity.

Books that explore themes of men and masculinity in both traditional and contemporary society.


Men and Masculinity

by Theodore Cohen

A text containing candid personal experiences and current academic understanding of the masculine concerns that face men in today's society.

Entertaining reads exploring the topics of individual values and the way they shape our pursuit of what really matters to each of us. 


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

by Mark Manson

A description of the author's experience in exploring what really matters and how to let go of what doesn't.

Paddle Your Own Canoe

by Nick Offerman

An engaging and comedic exploration into the realm of living a life full of contentment and satisfaction.