Coping with Mental Health: General Resources

Living with a mental health condition poses numerous challenges. From coping, finding treatment, the impact on family and social relationships, negative effects on work or ability to work, the stigma, and the day-in-day-out difficulties, mental illness can require numerous resources for those who have it. Those with a physical health condition frequently have higher rates of mental health conditions, further complicating life. 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.
    • Call 800-950-NAMI for the crisis helpline
  • Mental Health America is a community based non-profit organization with programs for promoting mental health, educational resources, online screening tools among many other resources.

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. They provide a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week crisis hotline and suicide prevention lifeline.
    • Call 1-800-273-8255 (suicide and crisis hotline)
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a resource with behavioral health treatment locators in your area, as well information related to treatment. SAMHSA also leads numerous programs, campaigns, and assistance and resources centers.
  • 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 (ex. Depression, Bipolar, Eating Disorder) and also includes a treatment locator and resources on how to get help.
  • Stopbullying.gov is a resource for reporting, responding, preventing, and education on bullying. It offers resources for parents, educators, communities, teens, and kids.
  • 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+, attempt survivors, deaf and hard of hearing, and ayuda in español.
    • Call 1-800-273-8255
  • The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs offers resources, awareness, information, and prevention initiatives for mental health.
    • Call 1-800-273-8255 (Veteran’s Crisis Line) or online for live chat.

Affirming services for LGBQT+:

  • The Trevor Project offer a national, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week suicide prevention hotline for LGBQT individuals. They also offer chat and text messaging services with live help to LGBQT youth.
    • Call 866-488-7386 (The Trevor Lifeline)
  • The National Alliance on Mental Health, mentioned at the top of the page, also has a support finder for LGBTQ resources
  • The Center for Disease Control offers information and directions to LGBT specific resources for mental health.
  • The Translifeline is a twenty for hours a day, seven days a week hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
    • 877-565-8860 (U.S.)
    • 877-330-6366 (Canada)
  • For a more comprehensive list of resources, see Pride LGBT resources.

Organizations and resources for youth:

  • The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is a gateway that lists numerous resources related to mental health support for youth.
  • Youth.gov offers information and resources for mental health education and intervention.
  • Teenmentalhealth.org offers information, interactive learning, initiatives, resources for parents and educators, and directories for finding professionals.
  • The National Institute of Mental Health offers educations, warning signs, statistics, and directories for finding mental health professionals for children and adolescents.
  • MentalHealth.gov is another gateway to myriad resources and organizations specific to youth.
  • The Jed Foundation is a non-profit resource center for protecting mental health and preventing suicide for U.S. teens and young adults. They offer text and phone help:
    • text “START” to 741-741
    • call: 1-800-273-TALK