Local & National Resources for Mental Health Emergencies

 If you are in danger or in a life-threatening situation, please call 911 immediately.

 If you need to speak with someone about what you are experiencing right away, please call one of the below resources immediately!

If you are in an urgent situation, and your normal support system is unable to assist you, during reasonable hours you may call your therapist on the personal number provided to you. If you do not reach your therapist, and you need to speak with a Westside clinician, you may try Dr. Eugster at (608) 335-8286.

Please remember, psychotherapy is not an emergency procedure. It always takes time to resolve things, even crises. It is important to respect the boundaries of your therapist’s personal time. If you are struggling, writing down your feelings to share with your therapist can have a very calming effect.

Please let your therapist know when you are in difficulty, and s/he will contact you as soon as possible, and may be able to get you in for an early session.

If financial constraints are preventing you from getting the therapy you need, please consult opencounseling.com for listings of affordable therapy in Madison.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center Resources: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/

Postpartum Depression Resources: https://momlovesbest.com/postpartum-depression

Mental Health Crises Resourcs Please do not hesitate seeking help when you need it.
Organization / Topic Phone Number Description
Emergency Services 911 For any emergency. Dispatch will find the right people to help.
Dane County 24-hour Crisis Line (800) SUICIDE
En Español (888) 628-9454
Dane County Clerk of Courts (608) 266-4311 Regarding commitment process for a loved one in crisis who needs help
Madison Bipolar & Depression Support Website
The Solstice House Warm Line (608) 422-2383 Peer support, answered 4pm - 10pm M-F, 2pm - 10pm weekends
Alcohol Hotline (800) 331-2900
Alcohol & Drug Helpline (800) 821-4357
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453
Cocaine Anonymous (800) 347-8998
Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
LGBT Youth (866) 488-7386
National Helpline for Substance Abuse (800) 347-8998
Poison Control (800) 222-1222
Suicide Hotline (800) 273-TALK
Transgender Individuals (877) 565-8860 line staffed by people who are themselves transgender
Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255
24/7 Mental Health Crisis Text Line Text "HOME" to 741-741
National Alliance on Mental Illness Text NAMI to 741741
Crisis Website
I'm Alive Chat Website
24/7 Online Chat Website

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Support Groups

DAIS offers five weekly Community Support Groups for anyone who identifies as female across Dane County and one monthly Community Support Group for friends and family of survivors. The goals of DAIS’ Community Support Groups are to decrease isolation, increase safety, and connect participants with other DAIS services and community resources.

The Community Support Groups are “peer-based,” meaning participants share and support each other. Children’s services are available so that women may bring their children with them to group.  The Community Support Groups follow a regular format each time it meets. We start with a check-in (name, how they are feeling, if they want time to share), a quote or a poem with discussion about the selected piece, and finally open discussion.

Please call the DAIS Help Line at 608-251-4445 to sign up.

Rape Crisis Center

Rape Crisis Center will also be starting up workshops in the fall, where people can learn different coping skills, etc. Can contact Rape Crisis Center--608-251-7273. The focus is more on skill sharing than peer support. They said this is because it's based on attendance for those groups being low in the past.

The Canopy Center
(608) 241-4888

The Canopy Center has a group called Oasis for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Oasis offers three group cycles per year. Groups meet with therapists weekly and follow a trauma-focused curriculum that provides clients with age-appropriate education around sexual abuse as well as concrete skills for managing trauma responses.

Oasis offers groups to young people aged 5-18 who have been sexually abused. Alongside structured learning opportunities, participants experience the benefit of sharing personal experiences of coping with trauma with peers of a similar age. Play therapy is also offered when appropriate, tapping into the innate potential of play to assist younger clients in working through difficult feelings. Oasis also offers group services to non-offending parents and caregivers, helping adults to learn effective and protective strategies to parent their child in the aftermath of abuse.

For more information on Adult Survivor Groups, please contact Amy O'Brien at (608) 729-1138 or amyo@canopycenter.org.

Journey Mental Health Center

Journey Mental Health Center is on Madison’s west side. They have a weekly group for women who have experienced trauma called Seeking Safety.

For Volunteers

For volunteer work, DAIS can always use help:


I would also recommend PAVE or Sex Out Loud if they're a University student.

Self Defense

For self-defense, I'd try Chimera or Villari's.