Community & Mental Health Resources

On this page parents, guardians and students can find a variety of community and surrounding area resources.  The list is subject to change; however, the provided contacts, agencies and programs have been identified as potential resources for assistance through different issues and situations.

If it’s a true emergency situation contact 911 or the appropriate local authorities.  Here is a local statewide crisis support line that offers 24 hour service and support.

Georgia Crisis and Access Line Crisis Text Line
 1-800-715-4225  Text START to 741-741
24/7 assitance with mental health, drugs, and/or alcohol Free, 24/7 crisis support from trained counselors through text messages


WBHS welcomes any guardian or student to speak with our counselors regarding circumstances impacting your family. We can discuss school based recommendations, as well as give you resources we deem appropriate. If your student has recently been hospitalized or evaluated by a mental health professional, please contact your school counselor to develop a Safety Plan for re-entry into WBHS.

2-1-1 Resource for Support

Not sure where to start? United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center connects families with community resources that enables them to thrive – resources like food pantries, job search and placement agencies, and financial emergency assistance agencies. This help is provided so that families can recover and become sustainable once again. Those who reach out to 2-1-1 are connected to trained, bilingual Contact Center agents who provide information on services and referrals to programs aligned with the individual’s specific needs. There are more than 5,000 agencies listed in the 2-1-1 database. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 140 different languages.

Local Support Networks

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Al-Ateen                  800-841-2319 Programs and Support for those affected by substance abuse
    Referral Service and Treatment Program24-hour Helpline

    The Cottage Sexual Assault Center                      877-363-1912     
    24/7 crisis hotline victims of sexual abuse and assault; counseling center in Athens                 

    Georgia Crisis and Access Line                            800-715-4225

    24/7 assitance with mental health, drugs, and/or alcohol

    Georgia Poison Control Center 800-282-5846
    Provides emergency instructions for anyone who has ingested or been exposed to poison.

    Georgia School Safety Hotline                              877-SAY-STOP (729-7867)

    Report an unsafe situation in school such as weapons, bomb threats, drugs/alcohol, bullying, etc.

    Georgia Tobacco Quit Line                                    877-270-STOP

    Resources for those over 18 to stop using tobacco including individual assessment

    HelpLine Georgia                                                    800-338-6745

    24/7 help for substance abuse, victims of violent crime, addictive disease, referrals, treatment facilities, drug laws, self-help and support groups, etc.

    Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline 706-546-1133
    Crisis Hotline-706-353-1912 or 1-800-363-1912 operates 24 hrs 7days/week
    Provides services to sexual assault survivors in Northeast Georgia

  • Monthy Mobile Food Pantry

  • Advantage Behavioral Health System
    Publicly-funded provider of behavioral health, developmental disability and addictive disease services

    • Child and Adolescent Services 706-369-6363
    • Inner Light/Inner Quest (AD Treatment) 706-369-6363
    • Crisis Number 24-hour toll free 800-357-9774
    • Child & Adolescent Services – Barrow Co. 770-868-4150

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, and Al-Ateen
    Programs and Support for those affected by substance abuse
    Meeting schedules Athens area 706-543-0436
    Referral Service and Treatment Program 24-hour Helpline 800-841-2319

    The Alcove INC., Monroe 770-267-9150
    Crisis intervention, individual and family support

    Barrow Counseling Center 770-868-8737
    Licensed therapists providing counseling for families, couples, domestic violence, anger management, child and adolescent physical and/or sexual abuse, custody evaluation, life coaching, spiritual based counseling, adult/child adolescent mental health.

    Barrow Ministry Village (BVM) 678-425-1215
    Located in Winder, GA, BVM exists to bridge the gap in services providing hope and healing to the local community of struggling individuals, families, widows and orphans. They offer counseling services to adults and children.  Some insurance accepted and fees can be based on a sliding scale – individual counseling, group counseling, women’s issues, anxiety and depression, play therapy.

    Celebrate Recovery 770-867-9255
    Recovery groups offered by First Baptist Church of Winder.

    Cornerstone Church of God: Athens Recovery Ministry 706-549-0023
    Residential treatment for adults and support groups for overcomers

    Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. 706-549-7755
    Provides assessments and ongoing treatment to individuals and families on a sliding- fee scale

    Georgia Department of Human Resources
    Division of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases

    Georgia Family Link
    Descriptions of programs across Georgia that promote the well-being of children and families by county

    Lifetime Counseling   678-425-9007                  
    Located in Winder, Lifetime Counseling offers services for all ages and specializes in the areas of anger and family violence, drug and alcohol, family issues, fears/phobias, self-esteem, anxiety and depression and more

    Mental Health America 706-549-7888 (Athens Office)
    Mental health information and referrals to resources in local communities

    NGHS Laurelwood, Gainesville 1-800-848-3649 
    Inpatient and outpatient services for adults and adolescents needing mental health and/or substance abuse treatment. Offers free initial assessment.

    Northeast GA Psychological Services 770-882-5884
    Located in Hoschton, GA, NGPS’s goal is to work with you as a team to help you thrive and achieve the best life possible. Additionally, we often work in collaboration with a variety of other health and educational professions. Many major insurance plans are accepted including Medicaid, Wellcare, Peachstate, Amerigroup, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Tricare, and Aetna. 

    Pathways Transitional Programs 404-378-2300
    Psychological assessment and substance abuse and counseling for children, adolescents, adults and family

    Peace Place                                                                              Peace Place, Inc. empowers victims, survivors, and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence through the provision of safe shelter, supportive services, and community awareness in Banks, Barrow, and Jackson counties.

    24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 770.586.0927
    Administrative Line: 770.307.3633
    Fax: 770.586.0957

    Positive Outcomes – Psychological Services 706-546-8440
    Located in Athens, GA, Positive Outcomes has a diverse team of providers, they are committed to helping clients overcome a wide range of issues. Their team has worked with more than 1,000 patients and can work with you, your partner, your children, schools, attorneys, or more, to ensure that your needs are addressed as quickly as possible.  Common disorders treated: ADHD, Anxiety, Child Abuse, Depression, Grief/Loss, Learning Disorders, Personality Disorders, Autism, Asperger’s

    Project ADAM   (770) 867-8003                                                    Project ADAM (Alcohol Drug Abuse Ministries) is a non-profit community assistance center in Winder, Georgia, dedicated to addressing drug and alcohol addiction through community education, direct services and family activities.

    Ridgeview Institute- Monroe

    Offers FREE mental health assessments and referral services 24/7 for adolescents, adults, and senior adults.

    Phone: 844-350-8800                                                           Website: 

    Samaritan Counseling Center of NE Georgia 706-369-7911
    Pastoral counseling, groups and outpatient therapy on a sliding-fee scale

    Social Empowerment Center

    A full service mental health and social service agency. Insurance Accepted: Medicaid (all types) and PeachCare for Kids

    Phone: 770-925-2095                                               Website:

    Summit Ridge Center for Behavioral Health 770-822-2200 Crisis hotline – 678-442-5858
    Assessment 24 hours/7 days a week.  Programs include: adult inpatient treatment, adolescent treatment, senior adult inpatient, outpatient programs, adolescent partial hospitalization, 12-step support groups, addiction treatment, depression screening and more.

    The Tree House 770-868-1900
    Counseling child victims of abuse and neglect. Support groups and play therapy.

  • Athens Neighborhood Health Center 706-546-5526
    Located in Athens, GA the ANHC provides affordable health care to people in medically underserved areas. Cost: sliding fee scale.

    Athens Nurses Clinic 706-613-6976
    Located in Athens, GA this clinic is for homeless and potentially homeless individuals.

    Barrow County Health Department  

    15 Porter St. E., Winder, GA 30680

    770-307-3011 (phone)  706-254-7914 (teen text line)   770-307-1039 (fax) (web)

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    Clinic Hours: Monday 8 am – 7 pm, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 8 am – 5 pm, Friday 8 am – 2 pm

    Braselton Pediatrics 678-820-7979
    Located in Braselton, GA

    Local Health Departments
    Located in each county with a variety of services on sliding-fee scale

    133 West Athens St., Winder, GA 30680  Office: 770-867-6633

    Hours: Monday 8:00 – 5:00
    Tuesday 8:00 – 7:00
    Wednesday 8:00 – 7:00
    Thursday 8:00 – 7:00
    Friday 8:00 – 5:00

    NGPG Auburn Primary Care 770-822-5555
    Located in Auburn, GA

    Speciality Care Clinic 706-425-2935
    Located in Athens, GA this clinic offers free medical, dental and pharmacy services to uninsured and low income families.  Hours of operation are M 6-9pm. First come, first served.

  • Khan Academy   Free Online Tutoring and Test Prep                    

    Khan Academy offers comprehensive tutoring and test prep services for free with sign-up.  You can find tutoring for math by subject and grade level.  Khan Academy offers other academic subjects on the site and for Advanced Placement curriculum.  Student can also get free test prep for the SAT.

National Support Networks & Sites

Non-Traditional High School Options