Mental Health & Substance Abuse

The Sandy Springs Police Department wants to provide mental health and substance abuse resources to those who may be struggling but are not sure where to turn. We know that these issues not only impact the individual but the family system as well. Officers are trained in de-escalating situations during a mental health crisis and render aid during a potential drug overdose. We feel that providing potentially life-saving resources to our citizens is an important part of serving our city.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
  • More than half of the people with a mental health condition in the U.S. did not receive any treatment in the last year.
  • In 2021, 44.3% of adults in Georgia reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. 29.4% were unable to get needed counseling or therapy.
  • 7 in 10 youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health condition.
  • On average, 1 person in the U.S. dies by suicide every 11 minutes.
  • In 2019, there were 70,630 drug overdoses in the United States. Opioids were involved in 70.6% of these deaths.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255. A hotline that operates 24/7 and provides emotional support to those in distress or in a suicidal crisis.
  • Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) -1-800-715-4225. Counselors available by phone 24/7. Answers mental health crisis calls, dispatches the mobile crisis team, locates open beds for mental health treatment, and provides provider resources.
  • Fulton County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities– Provides resources like psychiatric treatment, individual & family therapy, crisis management, parenting training and care for clients discharged from hospitals & jails. As a Fulton County resident, there is not a charge for treatment.
  • NAMI North Atlanta– 1-800-950-NAMI. Provides resources for those struggling with their mental health and their families.
  • 8111 AA Clubhouse – Facility holds AA and Al-Anon meetings and is located at 8111 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.
  • Recovery in Georgia– Website assists in finding mental health/recovery therapists, support groups and inpatient treatment centers.
  • Georgia Overdose Prevention– Provides free Naloxone kits for those at high risk of overdose.
  • Autism Response Team (ART)– Provides education, support and assistance locating autism service providers in your area.
  • Veterans Crisis Line– Call 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255. A hotline that operates 24/7 that serves all veterans, all service members and their family & friends.
  • Resume Builder – Provides comprehensive guide offering insights and tips tailored to support individuals who may encounter difficulties securing employment during their recovery period.