Mental health care:
- Give an Hour provides eligible patients with free-of-charge mental health services under the care of volunteer professionals.
- HRSA Health Centers are able to see patients regardless of insurance status. Many offer mental health services.
- NeedyMeds provides a directory of free/low-cost/sliding-scale mental health clinics + substance abuse & addiction clinics.
- Psychology Today provides a directory of psychiatrists and treatment centers.
Therapy / counseling services:
- Better Help offers private online counseling with a licensed, accredited, professional therapist.
- iAmClinic offers in-person & online counseling to LGBT+ individuals & couples + religious loved ones.
- Psychology Today provides a directory of therapists.
- Theravive provides a directory of therapists as well as a listing of licensed & credentialed therapists who provide online counseling.
- NeedyMeds provides a directory of Patient Assistance Programs for free & low-cost medications + places to get help with Patient Assistance Program applications.
For mental illness:
- Fresh Hope offers Christian support groups for those struggling with a mental health diagnosis and their loved ones.
- The Mental Health Grace Alliance (MHGA) offers Christian peer support groups and family support groups.
- NAMI offers various programs, including educational classes, support groups, and advocacy training programs.
- Psychology Today provides a directory of support groups.
- Alcoholics Anonymous offers peer support groups for recovering alcoholics. Al-Anon and Alateen offer family & friends support groups for those with loved ones recovering from alcoholism.
- Celebrate Recovery offers Christian support groups.
- Life Recovery offers Christian support groups.
Develop plans to take care of yourself whilst in recovery.
- Developing Your Self-Care Plan. By the University of Buffalo School of Social Work.
- Fill Out This Daily Checklist to Avoid Neglecting Your Personal Needs. By Lifehacker.
- Self-Care Checklist. By Outsmart Your Brain.
- Self-Care Checklist. By the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
- Self-Care Inventory. By NAMI.
Develop treatment & recovery plans ahead of time to prepare for a mental health crisis and/or recovery process.
- Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD): document instructions and/or preferences for mental health treatment.
- Advance Directives for Mental Health Treatment. By the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
- Advance Directives in Various Countries. By Psych Rights.
- Declaration for Mental Health Treatment. By the Mental Health Association of Portland.
- Duke University Program on Psychiatric Advance Directives. By Duke University Medical Center.
- PAD Template. By the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): self-designed prevention and recovery plan.
In times of crisis
Navigating a mental health crisis:
- Crisis Toolkit. By The Icarus Project.
- Get Through an Urge to Self-Harm With These Apps. By Lifehacker.
- PTSD Coach. By the National Center for PTSD.
Self-care checklists for those who are not well:
- Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Questions to Ask Before Giving Up [Downloadable Version]. By Sinope.
- You Feel Like Shit: An Interactive Self-Care Guide. By Jace Harr.
Contact a helpline when in need of immediate / urgent help.
Note: National crisis routing services may automatically direct you to a crisis center based on your area code. If you are not currently located in the area where your area code is based, it may be wise to directly contact a crisis center that is local to where you are.
- Crisis Text Line
- United States:
- SMS: 741-741 (text “Home”)
- United States:
- Online: Online Chat Service
- Kids Help Phone
- Phone: +1 (800) 668-6868
- NAMI HelpLine
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- NYC Well (for New York City locals)
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Trans Lifeline (for transgender persons)
- The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ+ youth)
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Warmlines (for peer listening)
- United States: