Mental Health Resources
Need to Talk?
There’s always someone ready to listen 24/7
- Crisis Text Line: 24/7 support helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, text HELLO to 741741
- IMAlive online chat: Provides a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24/7 support for people in distress 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Lifeline Chat: A counselor will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and share resources that may be helpful.
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+ support): Provides crisis intervention to youth by phone, text or chat. Call 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
- LGBT National Help Center: Peer support, information and resources by phone or online chat. 888-843-4564
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Available 24/7 for those in distress pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 or any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746
- Talkspace: Online therapy
- Find a Therapist: Enter your zipcode and additional criteria to narrow your search
- 7 Cups: Offers 24/7 chat, self help guides and online therapy
Activities to calm the mind and body
- Butterfly Hug (bilateral tapping)
- Breathing exercises (inhale 4-count, slow exhale 8-count)
- Using your senses to self sooth (touch, sound, smell, sight, taste)
- Body movement (yoga, dance, stretch, go for a walk or run)
- Gratitude and Acts of Kindness
- Coloring, word search, puzzles, journaling
Mental Health Apps
Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention
- Prepare U: Grades 8-12 plus an online Home Edition prepares young people for the challenges of life through a 15-class, multi-faceted experiential course.
- Back to School Toolkit: Information and resources for students, parents, teachers and school communities from Mental Health America.
- AFSP’s More Than Sad: Grades 7-12 plus parents, teachers and staff
- NAMI’s Ending the Silence: Grades 7-12 plus teachers, staff and families
- Yellow Ribbon’s Ask 4 Help! (students) Be A Link (adults)
Be a Mental Health Hero!
Know the Signs and How to Help
- Mental Health First Aid: For adults and youth (8 hour class)
- QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer (2 hrs online or in person)
- Living Works: Their 4 programs are Start (2 hrs online), SafeTALK (4 hour workshop), ASIST (2-day workshop) and suicide2Hope (8 hour workshop for professionals)
- LEAP: Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner (1-day course) creating alliances with those who struggle with serious mental illness
Many organizations exist to help you #TakeCareofYou
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Local chapters in all 50 states provide support groups, advocacy and education programs to support those living with a mental health disorder. Helpline 800-950-NAMI (6264)
DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance): Local chapters and online resources provide hope, help, support and education, including support groups, to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): Improves the lives of people affected by ADHD through education, advocacy, and support.
Mental Health America: Promotes early detection through online screening tools, education and support services. Check out their A-Z description of common mental health conditions then take a Mental Health Test to help determine next steps.
Child Mind Institute: Offers parents an excellent A-Z online resource for children’s mental health information.
Trevor Project: Provides crisis intervention (by phone, text, chat), suicide prevention services and community resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under age 25.
The Dougy Center: Provides support for children, teens, young adults and their grieving families, as well as, support and training to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.
AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention): Local chapters in all 50 states provide education programs and advocacy to prevent suicide along with support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
United Way’s 211: Call, text or chat with your local 211 to find resources and assistance with crisis support for abuse, sexual assault, bullying and suicidal thoughts, as well as, employment, health care and housing.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin): Provides information and resources, including the National Helpline 800‐662‐HELP (4357), for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.