Mental Health Resources
“If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned ” – Erykah Badu
One of the most common concerns I’ve come across regarding mental health and community engagement is the lack of available resources. This page serves as a way to help combat the problem. I’ve combined a list of resources that prove to be very valuable tools within mental health care.
This valued list includes but is not limited to International/National Organizations, HelpLines, and Minority Resources. The list is ever developing and additional resources will be added as we expand and grow. For now, please feel free to visit these sites as you become knowledgeable about mental health and the resources available to you.
The Association of Black Psychologists was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a number of Black Psychologists from across the country. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community. Guided by the principle of self-determination, these psychologists set about building an institution through which they could address the long-neglected needs of Black professionals. Their goal was to have a positive impact on the mental health of the national Black community by means of planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
Bias Assessment (Harvard)
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts, and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
The scale is a free, simple, scientifically validated tool that anyone can use to determine whether a person is at risk for suicide and how to immediately respond, just by asking three to six questions. The C-SSRS is being used by health care providers across the U.S. And it has been endorsed, recommended, or adopted by The Joint Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
D.O.P.E (Determined to Obtain Pure Excellence) Youth Development Program, is a ten-week program that serves adolescents from under-served and under-represented communities. The objective of the program is to uplift the youth in order to help them achieve their potential and goals
Our community offers unique perspectives on lifelong recovery and substance use prevention, empowering others through stories of strength and courage. From people in active recovery to advocates who have lost loved ones to the devastating disease of addiction, our community understands the struggle and provides guidance born of personal experience.
Take the 5 Love Languages® official assessment to discover your love language and begin improving your relationships. Your love language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect with others.
In an effort to help inspire more to pursue careers in counseling those with suicidal tendencies, Counselor-License has released a guide detailing the process of becoming a suicide counselor from degree programs to licensure.
A mental health counselor is a medical professional who helps patients achieve emotional wellness. Counselors often see patients on an ongoing basis as one part of a treatment plan. These professionals work with a variety of patients and may specialize in areas such as trauma, addiction, or youth services.
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
“We will revolutionize the way mental health care is delivered in America and create a future where diagnosis and treatment cover the brain and the body”.
Melanin & Mental Health™ was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. We are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our communities through our website, online directory, and monthly events.
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide:
- The general public
- Health and emergency preparedness professionals
- Policy makers
- Government and business leaders
- School systems
- Local communities
Founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
Envisioning a world where mental health is viewed and treated with the same gravity as physical health. In addition to National Depression Screening Day in October, we now also have National Alcohol Screening Day in April and the National Eating Disorders Program which is promoted annually during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—the last week of February.
The National Association for Behavioral Health (NABH) advocates for behavioral health and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders. The association was founded in 1933.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
People first. We are the premier leader and the largest mental health and addiction exhibitor resource event for communities nationwide.
Untreated mental health disorders and unmanaged stress are silent killers of Black men. Adult Blacks are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems compared to the general population. Only 6.6% of Black men used mental health services in the last year.*
Constant exposure to stressors over a prolonged period of time can contribute to chronic health conditions and exacerbate mental illness.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
The mission of Social Psychology Network is to promote peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. So often the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevent Black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. “I developed the space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.”
Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.