There are many incredible organizations out there dedicated to different aspects of mental health. This list is by no means exhaustive. Crisis hotlines are listed below, and then additional organizations below them.
Why should I reach out to a crisis hotline?
Crisis hotlines are there to help you through a crisis such as substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, suicidal thoughts, emotional stress or other types of strife.
NEVER feel like what you are dealing with is too small or insignificant. The goal of a crisis counselor is to make sure you feel safe and can make decisions that are healthy for yourself and others. You may be asked personal questions about your feelings, physical situation, etc. Be sure to answer truthfully. They are there to HELP.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. In 25 years, RAINN has helped over 3 million survivors and their loved ones. They have numerous resources as well as a hotline if you need to talk to someone.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and their families affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders are a widely misunderstood illnesses even though it has one of the highest mortality rates. NEDA provides support, resources, as well as a hotline.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The have a hotline you can text or call 24/7 if you need help 1-866-488-7386.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is America’s largest grassroots mental health organization association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in local communities to raise awareness and provide support and education surrounding mental health. They also have a hotline available weekdays 10am-6pm (800-950-NAMI).
Active Minds is an organization specifically focused on helping students in high schools and colleges nationwide. This organization has over 450 chapters fighting to defeat the stigma around mental health and supports more than 600,000 students each year through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more.
Mental Health America is a non-profit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness as well as focused on improving the overall mental health of all Americans. Their work is driven by the important idea that mental wellness is just as important as any other type of medical care. They have a program dedicated to addressing illness before they become critical and have many local organizations they partner with to help you in your specific area.