Like most people, I spend a lot of time online. But I also spend a lot of time devoted to improving my mental health, and the combination of the two has resulted in a big list of mental health resources! These links provide information and resources that may be helpful to you or someone you know. I really hope you find something on this list that’s helpful in some way. Additionally, if you know of any other great resources, please tell me in the comments below!
So, here it goes!
Mental health screening tests:
https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools - Here you can find online quizzes that tell you if you’re showing symptoms of a mental health disorder. This is not meant to diagnose you, but rather to provide information you can speak to a doctor or therapist about.
If you are a college student, there may be mental health screenings on your university’s counselling site. Here is one example of that, at Grand Valley State University: https://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/COUNSELING
Information about mental health & mental illnesses:
https://www.mhanational.org/MentalHealthInfo - Information about mental health from Mental Health of America
https://afsp.org/about-suicide/ - Information about suicide from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/about-mental-illness/ - Information about mental health conditions, as well as access to support groups
https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers - Statistics regarding mental illnesses and suicide
https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health - Signs to look for in your loved ones that they may have a mental illness
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/index.shtml - More statistics regarding mental health
https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-mental-illness - Details about mental illnesses, as well as links to psychiatrist search engines
To connect you with resources:
https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/useful-links/ - Useful links for women with postpartum depression
https://www.addictioncenter.com/treatment/ - Addiction treatment options
https://www.nami.org/Find-Support - Tips for how and where to get help
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/ - Information regarding how and where to get support
https://www.glbtnearme.org/index.html - LGBT resource search engine
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/ - A search engine that helps you locate therapists based on your location
https://www.goodtherapy.org/find-therapist.html - Another search engine to assist you with finding a therapist near you
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration provides a helpline and information to link you with treatment options
If you notice suicidal warning signs displayed by you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. One resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For information and support for people suffering with a mental illness, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Their phone number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
The Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/) provides a 24-hour phone hotline, as well as webchat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The TrevorLifeline can be reached at 1-866-488-7386.
And of course, call 911 in an emergency.
Other online resources
There are also some websites that allow you to anonymously chat with someone (not a professional, just a regular person willing to listen) to talk about what you’re struggling with for free, including https://www.7cups.com/. On the other hand, you can find professional online therapy at www.talkspace.com and better https://www.betterhelp.com/.
If you’re interested in apps that can help improve your mental health, check out Calm (www.calm.com), and Headspace (www.headspace.com) for guided mindfulness and meditations. The app Moodpath (www.moodpath.com) helps you track your mood by asking a series of questions about how you’re feeling, aimed at improving your awareness to your emotions.