Coping with Mental Health: General Resources
Living with a mental health condition poses many challenges. Mental illness requires coping, finding treatment, and managing the impact on family, friendships, and work or the ability to work. Stigma can make day-to-day life even harder.
These hardships mean those with mental health challenges may need several resources for support. People with a physical health condition often have higher rates of mental health conditions, which further complicates their lives. The following lists online and phone resources.
Gateways to mental health education and resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots mental health organization that educates, advocates, listens, and leads. You can find resources, direction to support groups, a crisis helpline, community affiliates, and much more on their site.1 Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) on weekdays 10 AM to 10 PM ET for the resource hotline.
Mental Health America is a community based nonprofit with programs for promoting mental health, educational resources, online screening tools, and other resources.2
U.S. Government resources
The National Institute of Mental Health, in addition to being the source of funding for mental health research, is also a source of education and provider directories.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a resource with mental health treatment locators and information related to treatment. SAMHSA also runs numerous programs, campaigns, and assistance and resource centers. Along with Vibrant Emotional Health, they provide a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week National Suicide Prevention hotline. Call them at 1-800-273-8255.3,4
MentalHealth.gov is a gateway to information and resources for mental health treatment and education. The site offers specific information broken down by mental health disorder and also includes a treatment locator and resources explaining how to get help.5
Stopbullying.gov is a resource for reporting, responding to, preventing, and educating about bullying and cyberbullying. It offers resources for parents, teachers, communities, teens, and kids.6
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of crisis centers. In addition to the suicide prevention lifeline, the website offers specific resources for youth, disaster survivors, Native Americans, Veterans, Loss Survivors, LGBTQ+ individuals, attempt survivors, deaf and hard of hearing people, and Spanish speakers.7
The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was signed into law in 2020. The new number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 9-8-8, is active in some areas and will available across the United States in July 2022. Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the active hotline, or text to 741741.7
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers resources, awareness, information, and prevention initiatives for mental health.8 Call 1-800-273-8255 (Veterans Crisis Line), text 838255, or go online for live chat.
Resources for LGBTQ+ community
The Trevor Project offers a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week suicide prevention hotline for those who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other). They also offer chat and text messaging services with live help to LGBTQ+ youth.9 Call 1-866-488-7386 for the TrevorLifeline or text “START” to 678-678 for TrevorText.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, mentioned at the top of the page, also has a support finder for LGBTQ+ resources.10
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers information and directions to LGBTQ+ specific resources for mental health.
The Trans Lifeline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. The website also offers resources specific to the transgender community.11 Call 1-877-565-8860 in the U.S. and 1-877-330-6366 in Canada.
For a more comprehensive list of resources, see mental health resources for LGBTQ+ people.12
Organizations and resources for youth
The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is a gateway that lists many resources related to mental health support for youth.13
Youth.gov offers information and resources for mental health education and intervention.14
Teenmentalhealth.org offers information, interactive learning, initiatives, resources for parents and teachers, and directories for finding professionals.15
The National Institute of Mental Health offers education, warning signs, statistics, and directories for finding mental health professionals for youth.16
MentalHealth.gov is another website with resources and organizations specific to youth.17
The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit resource center for protecting mental health and preventing suicide for U.S. teens and young adults. They offer text and phone help.18 Text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Resources for people of color
The Steve Fund is a nonprofit focused on improving the mental health of young people of color. The Fund runs mental health education workshops for educators as well as high school and college students. It also partners with colleges in order to improve mental health resources for students of color.19
The Black Mental Health Alliance is a nonprofit that maintains a database of mental health professionals offering culturally competent therapy to Black patients. The organization also partners with schools to offer mental healthcare and runs mental health workshops and forums for Black communities.20
The The Indian Health Service provides help for American Indian and Alaska Native adults and children experiencing mental health conditions, trauma, and substance use disorder. If offers telehealth services for counseling, suicide prevention, domestic violence, youth issues, and more.
The Asian Mental Health Project offers mental health education resources, a weekly check-in group, and a therapist outreach template on its website.22
Therapy for LatinX provides resources including crisis hotlines and book recommendations. It also hosts a database of mental health providers who either identify as LatinX or have served these communities.23