May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: A List of Resources to Help with Your Mental Health

May is recognized globally as Mental Health Awareness Month, aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues and breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness. Whether you’re dealing with stress, anxiety, depression or just looking to maintain mental well-being, there are numerous resources available to help.

Here’s a comprehensive list of resources that you can turn to for support, information and guidance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. Their website offers a wealth of information, including guided support and a helpline (1-800-950-NAMI) for immediate assistance.

MentalHealth.gov

This U.S. government website provides immediate access to basics about mental health, signs of mental health issues and how to talk about mental health problems. It’s a valuable resource for finding government and local assistance services.

Crisis Text Line

For those who prefer texting or might find it difficult to speak on the phone, the Crisis Text Line offers support. By texting HELLO to 741741, you can start a conversation with a trained crisis counselor who can provide support and resources.

The Trevor Project

Offering a safe, confidential place for LGBTQ youth to talk, The Trevor Project provides support through a toll-free number (1-866-488-7386) and text (text START to 678678), specifically focused on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline (1-800-662-HELP) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year service offering information (in English and Spanish) for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mindful.org

A great resource for those looking to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into their daily routine to improve their mental health. The site offers practical tips, guided meditations and articles on the benefits of mindfulness.

Psychology Today Therapist Directory

If you’re considering therapy, Psychology Today’s therapist directory is a helpful tool for finding therapists near you. You can filter by insurance, specialty and other preferences to find a suitable professional. This tool can also help you locate nearby support groups, online therapy and treatment centers.

Headspace

Headspace is an app dedicated to improving mental health through meditation, sleep and stress reduction techniques. Headspace offers user-friendly guided meditations that can help beginners and experienced meditators alike. On the website, you can also explore hundreds of articles for free.

Mental Health America (MHA)

MHA offers screening tools that can help identify symptoms of various mental health conditions. They provide resources for understanding and improving your mental health, as well as early identification tools designed to help people address mental health concerns early.

Local Support Groups and Services

Don’t overlook local resources such as community centers, hospitals or schools that may offer support groups or mental health services. Local universities or psychological institutions often provide therapy sessions at reduced rates or even free, conducted by trainees under professional supervision.

VNA Health Group Promotes Good Mental Health

Recognizing the importance of mental health and taking proactive steps to maintain it are vital, especially in challenging times. This Mental Health Awareness Month, take the opportunity to explore these resources and find the support you need to live a healthier, happier life. VNA Health Group offers a wide range of services that support good mental and physical health, including senior wellness programs, social events for the LGBTQ+ community, behavioral health services and more.

05.20.2024

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