Resources

Mental Health Crisis

Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En español 1-888-628-9454
Use Lifeline Chat on the web
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis service that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects people to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
Use Veterans Crisis Chat on the web
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call or text 1-800-985-5990
The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.

General

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Association of Mental Illness is the largest nationwide mental health advocacy grassroots organization with hundreds of state organizations, affiliates and volunteers. It is a hub for support groups, free education, raising awareness and building community.

Mental Health Resources (MHR)

This nonprofit provides community-based mental health services to adults, especially those suffering medical, social or substance-related comorbidities.

American Psychiatry Association

The American Psychiatry Association is the largest professional membership organization of psychiatrists in the world. The APA website hosts “Let’s Talk Facts” brochures on a range of illnesses, professional resources for psychiatrists, psychiatric residents and medical students. It publishes up-to-date news, research, government policies and developments in psychiatry.

Government

MedlinePlus — Mental Health

This is the National Institutes of Health’s collection of resources from the National Library of Medicine. It includes information about conditions, treatments, patients, families and friends, latest research, drugs and supplements, terminology and definitions, videos, illustrations and clinical trials.

World Health Organization (WHO) — Project Atlas

The World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has a Project Atlas, which compiles resources and information about mental health and neurology policies, prevalence, statistics, medicines, professionals, information systems and publications. Topics covered include mental health in emergencies, maternal and child mental health, neurology and public health, disorders management and suicide prevention. Information can be searched by region, country or worldwide.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Mental Health

This website, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides government information about mental health taken from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Medline Plus, FindYouthInfo.gov and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The information is for the general public, health care providers, policymakers, schools and communities.

Ethnic/Minority Mental Health 

Therapy for Black Girls: External link  website associated with a podcast by same name that offers a therapist locator, group chats and blog articles to encourage the wellness of Black women and girls. 

Black Mental Health Alliance: External link  organization that connects individuals with therapists and provides professional training.

 

BEAM, Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: External link  organization with information on mental health training, toolkits and a directory of licensed Black therapists External link  who can provide online services.

Asian American Psychological Association: External link  organization for professionals that has fact sheets on brain injury, trauma and violence exposure, intimate partner violence, student-adjustment challenges, bullying and suicide. 

Asians Do Therapy: External link  website working to reduce stigma about and improve access to therapy with guidance on finding a therapist.

Asian Mental Health Collective: External link  group raising awareness about the importance of mental health care among Asian Diasporic communities with an Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Therapist Directory External link  of providers nationwide.

Latinx Therapy: External link  directory of mental health therapists and other helpful information for the Latinx community.

Therapy for Latinx: External link  directory of verified therapists, psychiatrists, community clinics, emergency mental health, life coaches and support groups for the Latinx community.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health: External link  organization with information on various topics that offers a helpline (866-783-2645) for assistance navigating the health system. 

Tribal Affairs, SAMHSA: External link  information on services the government agency provides to Native American communities accompanied by details on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) and SAMHSA’s National Helpline (800-662-4357).

Behavioral Health, Indian Health Service: External link  agency information hub with sections on various behavioral health issues, mental health issues and suicide. 

Center for Native American Youth: External link  organization with tools including videos, peer-to-peer engagement

Substance Use

 

Smokefree.gov, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides ideas about how to stop using tobacco. Includes downloadable resources and contacts for online and phone counseling. activities and a resource exchange.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website features information on local resources for getting help for a substance use concern, fact sheets and further information for friends, family members, parents and youth on having a conversation about substance use.

SAMHSA’s website has information about substance use disorders of all kinds. It includes information for the public, including families, health professionals, schools and individuals. The website also includes a treatment finder to locate a substance use treatment provider in your area.

Eating Disorders

ANAD includes information about eating disorders, how to seek treatment and support groups for people suffering from eating disorders and their families.

National Eating Disorders Association has stories of recovery from eating disorders, information about seeking treatment and additional resources for school professionals and caregivers.

Training

https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/