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Anh’s fave mental health organizations, books, podcasts & more

  • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
    The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Here are 5 steps you can take to help someone in emotional pain:

  1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (9-8-8) and the Crisis Text Line (741741) in your phone so they’re there if you need them. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
  • The JED Foundation
    A nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.
  • Teen Line
    Teens Helping Teens. Teen Line is an anonymous, nonjudgmental space for youth. Through our hotline, teens can access personal peer-to-peer support from highly trained teens supervised by adult mental health professionals. Call 800-852-8336 (6-10pm PST) or Text TEEN to 839863.
  • Trevor Project
    An affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24.
    For help dial: 1-866-488-7386 or Text 678-678
  • Trans Life Line
    Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. 24-7 peer support for trans people in crisis.
    Call 1-877-565-8860 for the crisis line.
  • SAGE
    Making life better for aging LGBTQ+ people nationwide. Hotline is 877-360-5428.
    PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
  • The JED Foundation
    A nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.
  • AAKOMA Project
    Their mission is to build the consciousness of Youth of Color and their caregivers to seek help and manage mental health.
  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
    BEAM is dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
  • Black Girls Smile
    Encourages positive mental health education, resources, and support geared toward young Black women and girls.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA)
    BMHA’s mission is to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities.
  • Therapy for Black Girls
    Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
  • Therapy for Black Men
    Break the stigma that asking for help is a sign of weakness. We are here to provide judgment-free, multiculturally-competent care to Black men.
  • Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)
    The Center for Native American Youth believes all Native American youth should lead full and healthy lives, have equal access to opportunity, and draw strength from their culture and one another.
  • Indian Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health
    Serves as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management, and administration of behavioral health, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence prevention programs for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.
  • Stronghearts Native Helpline
    Intimate partner violence and sexual assault helpline for Native Americans. 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
  • PTSD
    The National Center for PTSD at US Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Veterans Crisis Line
    Veterans and their loved ones can call to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 then Press 1. Or chat confidentially online or text any message to 838255.
  • Climate Psychology Alliance
    Exploring psychological responses to the climate crisis to strengthen relationships and resilience for a just future.
  • Good Grief Network
    A non-profit that brings people together to metabolize collective grief, eco-distress, and other heavy emotions that arise in response to daunting planetary crisis.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families.
  • Reframe App
    I use this one and have gotten SO much out of it! Non-judgmental, private, informative.
  • Southeast Addiction Center
    Top 50 resources for Black men who are struggling with substance use and/or their mental health.
  • National Eating Disorders Association
    The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
  • Seize The Awkward
    Starting the conversation about mental health does not need to be uncomfortable and it can make all the difference. Learn how to support a friend or get help for yourself.
  • Psychology Today
    Psychology Today provides a list of local therapist based on city and zip code. Includes insurance, specialized issues, and if they offer online therapy.
  • Inclusive Therapists
    Aims to make it simpler and safer for people in marginalized communities. Find a culturally responsive, 2SLGBTQ+ affirming therapist that celebrates your full identity.
  • National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network
    National queer & trans therapists of color network advancing healing justice by transforming mental health for queer and trans poc.
  • Melanin & Mental Health
    Connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
  • Latinx Therapists Action Network
    An online platform and network of Latinx mental health practitioners honoring and affirming the dignity and healing of migrant communities marginalized by criminalization, detention, and deportation.
  • MindSite News: a new nonprofit, nonpartisan digital journalism organization dedicated to reporting on mental health in America. I read this ALL the time and get so much good information. Really love and respect MindSite News.
  • On Being: Krista Tippet interviews an incredible slew of guests on what it means to be human, how to live, and who we are to each other.
  • She Persisted: THE teen mental health podcast—made for teens, by a teen. Just recently found this and am SO impressed. Full of insight for teens and adults.
  • We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle.
    My go to podcast. I listen to every single one!
  • Depresh Mode with John Moe: A newsletter and podcast about tricky brains.
  • Therapy for Black Girls: a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.
  • MentalHappy
    Find expert-led support groups for any life situation. Gain skills, encouragement, and peace of mind with our trusted privacy features.