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Patients with Mental Health Conditions – Provider Resources

Provider information on treating pain in patients with co-morbid mental health conditions and linkage to treatment mental health treatment services.

For 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or for the Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741.

What to Know When it Comes to Treating Pain and Co-morbid Mental Health Conditions

Chronic Pain and Mental Health

  • Visit this site for an overview of chronic pain, common pain conditions and their association with mental health along with treatment/therapies for managing chronic pain and mental health.

Prescription Drug Misuse

  • Visit this site to learn about some of the most commonly misused prescription drugs: opioid pain killers, tranquilizers (used for anxiety and muscle spasms), sedatives (used for sleep disorders), and stimulants (used for ADHD and obesity).

Suicide and Patients with Chronic Pain

  • Access this 4-page handout to better understand suicide risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors among patients being treated for chronic pain, in addition to strategies for working with patients to reduce suicide risk and steps to take if you suspect your patient is suicidal.

Options for Treating Pain and Co-Morbid Mental Health Conditions


The Pain-Anxiety-Depression Connection

  • Visit this site from Harvard Medical School to learn about treatment options for patients experiencing pain and anxiety or depression as well as medications that may address multiple problems at once.

Anxiety and Pain

  • The association between anxiety disorders and pain may be stronger than the association between depression and pain. Learn more about the most common anxiety disorders seen in pain patients, as well as new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.

The Experience of Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Health Care Providers

  • Designed for healthcare providers, this guide contains information on evaluating chronic pain, the physical and psychological experience of pain, intersection of PTSD and chronic pain as well as how to treat patients with chronic pain and PTSD.

Locating Mental Health Treatment Services


SAMHSA: Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator

  • Visit this site to access a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons and their family members who are seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for a recent onset of serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other conditions. These evidence-based programs provide medication, therapy, family and peer support, assistance with education and employment and other services.

For more information on mental health treatment services, visit the Linkage to Services section of this toolkit.


Supplemental Resources


Chronic Pain and Mental Health Disorders

  • This article is designed for physicians and other clinicians who wish to advance their current knowledge in the following areas: (1) key brain regions responsible for nociceptive processing; (2) highly prevalent comorbid mental health disorders, and (3) evidence-based treatment plans for adults with chronic pain and mental health disorders.

For more information on treating patients with mental health conditions, tailored toward patients and families: