Mental Health & Crisis Resources

Community Resources

Utah Pride Center, 801-539-8800
Offers therapy, support groups, and a variety of online resources

Rape Recovery Center, crisis line: 801-467-7273
Offers therapy, support groups, advocacy, hospital response team, 24-hour crisis line

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC), crisis line: 1-800-897-LINK(5465)

University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) 501

  • Crisis line and Mobile Outreach Team (free, prompt, face-to-face crisis response): 801-587-3000
  • Warm line (not in crisis but needing support): 801-587-1055
  • Offers inpatient admissions as well as the receiving center, which provides up to 23 hours of free crisis management without an official admission
  • SafeUT smartphone app provides real-time crisis intervention for youth; also has a space to give tips to schools regarding emergencies, threats, bullying, etc.

Campus Resources

University Counseling Center, 801-581-6826
Crisis services offering M-F, 8-5

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ support); crisis line: 1-866-488-4368

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), crisis line: 800-656-HOPE (4386)

Finding a Local Therapist

A deep, cathartic practice like River Writing could make you more aware of the impact of both old and new challenges. You might realize that an old wound is still active or that a difficult experience was actually quite traumatic or you might just become more conscious of the ways you’re struggling. River Writing is indeed incredibly cathartic and healing… but it is not therapy. If you find yourself needing additional support, we hope you’ll use these resources to find a local provider. Sometimes you need to meet with multiple therapists before you find someone you click with, but luckily Salt Lake City is rich with well-qualified providers.

You don’t have to be in crisis or have a diagnosis or be in the throes of significant trauma to go to therapy! Sometimes you just need someone to hear you, support you, and be present for you. You don’t have to be at any specific level of stress or struggle to “earn your right” to go to therapy. If you think it might be helpful, or if you aren’t sure, make an appointment and see.

Both of the websites below provide information about local providers, including their location, website, a general sense of their specialties, and insurances accepted. UPA lists local psychologists (PhD, PsyD) while Psychology Today also lists psychologists, and in addition, licensed professional counselors (LPC), clinical mental health counselors (CMHC), and social workers (LCSW, LMSW).

Utah Psychological Association (UPA)

Psychology Today (go to the “find a therapist” tab)

Evidence-Based Treatment

There are so many types of therapists and counselors who offer so many types of support! It can be difficult to know what type of therapy will be most effective for you. As mentioned above, you may need to meet with a few different providers to determine the best fit.

In general, it’s good to look for clinicians who offer evidence-based treatments (EBTs): therapies that are supported as being effective via scientific studies. Below is a link that describes what evidence-based treatment is and why it’s important, as well as links describing some of the most commonly used types of EBTs. Please know that this is far from a complete list. There are many, many other types of effective treatment. Also know that many providers are integrative, combining multiple modalities into their treatment. This may include therapeutic approaches that are not considered to be evidence-based or empirically validated, like psychodynamic theory, but which can certainly still be meaningful in their own right. An integrative style is often used in longer-term therapies. Other providers strictly follow the manualized treatment protocol of EBTs, and this is style is often used when there is a specific problem to be solved (e.g., treating a phobia). Both styles can be effective, depending on your needs!

About evidence-based treatments:

EBTs that are effective for depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, and more:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT):

EBTs that are specific to experiences of trauma and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder:

About trauma treatment in general:

Prolonged Exposure Therapy:

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT):