Break Down of Mental Health Resources

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

When it comes to accessing mental health resources, often we may not know where to start. What resources are out there? How can they help? Who can they help? How can they be accessed? Why are they important? These questions arise when we are deliberating mental health support and how to access resources.

A List of Online Resources

This list is not meant to be a recommendation for you personally, but rather this list is a collection of resources — and a summary of their purpose as a resource — available online and free to all.

  • The JED Foundation
    • Category: informational resources
    • Website: https://www.jedfoundation.org/mental-health-resource-center/
    • Description: The JED Foundation’s Mental Health Resource Center is meant to provide vital information on common emotional health issues while also highlighting ways to support each other and overcome challenges. The Resource Center has a “What to do if…” section that is aimed at answering many of the complex, hard-to-navigate questions that arise when facing a mental health challenge, such as “What to do if I’m worried about someone I know who may be at risk of suicide”.
  • Headspace, Australia
    • Category: informational resources and factsheets
    • Website: https://headspace.org.au/resource-library/category/resources-for-young-people/
    • Description: Headspace has designed and produced factsheets and other resources for young people, family, and for health professionals. Their resources and factsheets include detailed information on bullying, alcohol, dealing with relationship break-ups, learning about depression, learning about gender identity, and an abundance of more topics around mental health and wellness.
  • Bring Change 2 Mind
    • Category: informational resources and spreading awareness
    • Website: https://bringchange2mind.org/
    • Description: Bring Change 2 Mind’s mission is to end the stigma around mental illness. They have a number of different initiatives that allow you to learn about mental illness, talk about it, and get involved.
  • The Trevor Project
    • Category: informational resources and 24/7 Trevor Lifeline
    • Website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
    • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
    • Trevor Text: text START to 678-678
    • Description: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. They have numerous programs and services including crisis interventions, suicide prevention trainings and resources, and community resources.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
    • Category: informational resources and spreading awareness
    • Website: https://afsp.org/find-support/
    • Description: AFSP provides a host of resources for fighting suicide and spreading awareness including their walks for suicide, their initiatives to bring prevention to schools, their volunteer opportunities, and their training opportunities. Their website’s ‘Find Support’ section also allows for exploring many online resources fitting to your current mental health state or situation, such as connecting with other survivors, attending AFSP Community Walks, or accessing direct steps on what to do when someone is at risk of suicide (https://afsp.org/find-support/when-someone-is-at-risk/).
  •  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Category: informational resources and spreading awareness
    • Website: https://www.nami.org/
    • Description: NAMI has many resources to help with learning about mental illness and finding support. NAMI is known for their NAMI-Walks that take place across the country. Their website’s ‘Learn More’ section also hosts numerous resources on knowing the warning signs, learning about mental health conditions, and looking at mental health by the numbers (statistics and other facts).
  •  Woebot
    • Category: 24/7 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) chatbot for emotional support
    • Website: https://woebot.io/
    • Description: Woebot is helping to make mental health support accessible to all by having their chatbot trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) available to all on their phones via their app. Anyone can talk to Woebot for free. Woebot is evidence-based and built by psychologists: https://woebot.io/the-science/
  •  The Mighty
    • Category: safe, supportive community for sharing stories on mental health and other topics
    • Website: https://themighty.com/
    • Description: The Mighty is an online community where people who have faced challenges can share their stories and become part of a supportive, mighty community. They have a section of their website entirely dedicated to mental health stories: https://themighty.com/topic/mental-health/
  •  Crisis Text Line
    • Category: 24/7 confidential emotional support
    • Website: https://www.crisistextline.org/
    • Crisis Text Line Number: 741-741
    • Description: You can text the Crisis Text Line from anywhere in the United States, and you will be connected with a Crisis Counselor — a real human being — who is trained to bring texters “from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem-solving”. The Crisis Text Line also has opportunities for people to get involved as a trained Crisis Counselor.
  •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Category: 24/7 confidential emotional support
    • Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-8255
    • Description: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicide crisis or emotional distress, available 24/7. On their website, you can also access specific resources for youth, loss survivors, LGBTQ+, veterans, Native Americans, and more.

Seeking Help

One of the first essential steps in recovery is reaching out for help in order to uplift your mental health state. Explore these resources for support and tips on improving your wellbeing, and remember that regardless of where you are in the process: help and hope are absolutely real.

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