Crisis Help

Are you or is someone you know experiencing a crisis? The good news is that there are several ways to get help.

Anyone living in Vaya Health’s region can call our toll-free, 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 1-800-849-6127. Your call is confidential. You will speak with a trained professional who can provide immediate crisis intervention by telephone and arrange a face-to-face assessment, based on need, for Vaya members.

The 988 Lifeline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call or text 988 or use the chat option on to speak with a trained crisis counselor any time, day or night.

Individuals who are hearing-impaired can dial 711 to reach NC Relay.

Please note: If you have a medical or life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department immediately.

What is a crisis?

People experience different crisis situations due to mental health, substance use, or intellectual/developmental disability needs. You or your loved one may be:

  • Suicidal or having suicidal thoughts
  • Thinking about hurting themselves or someone else
  • Having trouble knowing what is real and not real
  • Experiencing severe distress due to alcohol or drug use or from withdrawal
  • Displaying uncontrollable behavior
  • Not able to take care of basic health and safety needs

How do you get help in a crisis?

Fortunately, most crisis situations do not require a trip to the emergency department. In addition to Vaya’s Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 1-800-849-6127, here are some ways to get crisis and post-stabilization care services.

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If the crisis occurs during the day, and you already have a therapist, psychiatrist, or other provider, call your provider to discuss what you are experiencing.

If you cannot reach your provider or you do not have one, and if the crisis is occurring during regular weekday business hours, you may visit a walk-in center near you. These centers provide same-day services such as assessments, recommendations for care, and treatment information.

For 24/7 mobile crisis services, call our Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 1-800-849-6127. In most cases, mobile crisis teams come to where you are to provide help.

Facility-based crisis centers provide 24/7 non-hospital medical services for people at risk of hurting themselves or others due to mental health or substance use needs. They also accept involuntary commitments. Facility-based crisis centers are an important part of helping people get better and develop a plan for treatment after leaving the facility.

Vaya supports facility-based crisis units for adults ages 18 and older at the following facilities:

The Neil Dobbins Center, 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

The Balsam Center, 91 Timberlane Road, Waynesville, NC 28786

Caldwell C3 Comprehensive Care Center, 2415 Morganton Blvd. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645

Synergy Recovery at the Shirley B. Randleman Center, 118 Peace St., North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

A facility-based crisis center for children and adolescents is located in Buncombe County and serves all of western North Carolina:

Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center, 277 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

For more information on facility-based crisis centers or other crisis options, call our Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 1-800-849-6127.