Have you ever thought to yourself, “I need mental health help, but I don’t know where to find it,”? Mental health and wellness
Mental Health and Wellness Websites
Letters Against Depression is a non-profit with the mission to connect those experiencing mental illness to others through hand-written letters. You can both request a letter AND volunteer to write letters to those that have requested them.
NAMI is a mental health organization that is dedicated to building better lives for Americans who are affected by mental illness. NAMI has an immense amount of resources for those struggling with mental illness and their families including a free Helpline for support and information, education programs, and support groups.
The Depression and Bipolar Alliance is a non-profit that focuses on supporting individuals who have depression and bipolar disorder and their families. They not only offer a wealth of information on these two illnesses, but also provide information on accessing hundreds of free support groups around the country.
Mental Health and Wellness Apps
As some of you may know, I struggle with anxiety. MindShift is an app that I personally use. It helps you learn how to cope with anxiety by developing better ways of thinking as well as giving you more information about anxiety and thinking patterns. It has been very helpful for me in slowing down my thinking and re-framing my thoughts.
SuperBetter is a game for your real life! It helps you build resilience, stay motivated, and achieve your goals. Even better, SuperBetter is backed by science and has been linked to more optimism, more social support and less depression and anxiety.
18Percent is a community for anyone who is experiencing mental health issues. First you sign up on their website then you can participate in the community using the app Slack and connect with hundreds of people around the world.
Self-Help for Anxiety Management is your one-stop app for helping you to learn how to manage your anxiety. It provides you with exercises and ways to reflect on your thoughts. It also has a “social cloud” that allows you to share your thoughts with their community while remaining anonymous.
Crisis Intervention Resources
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7 hotline for individuals who are in crisis. You can contact them at 1-800-273-8255. If you don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone you can also contact them through chat on their website, or you can contact the following resource.
Crisis Text Line is a national 24/7 crisis line via text message, FaceBook Messenger and Kik Messenger. If you believe that you are in crisis, you can text “HELLO” to 741741 and be connected to a trained crisis counselor.
The Trevor Project is a national 24/7 crisis line that specifically supports LGBTQ youth and young adults. You can contact them at 1-866-488-7386 (678678 for text) or visit their website to connect with crisis counselors via chat or connect with other teens and young adults through their forums.
What’s your favorite mental health and wellness resource on the list? Did I miss your favorite one?
Briana is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master’s of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention. Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.