Resources For You
Crisis Call Centers To Help Lift Your Spirit
Free Hotline Numbers
If your depression has caused you to lose a job, drop out of school, lose touch with family or friends, or if you’ve noticed changes in your sleep and appetite that have not improved, contact one of these free resources to learn more about treating your depression.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s behavioral health treatment services locator is an easy and anonymous way to locate treatment facilities and other resources, such as support groups and counselors, to treat and manage depression.
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This national hotline is another valuable resource for people whose depression has escalated to suicidal or other harmful thoughts. Their network of crisis centers provide emotional support and guidance to people in distress and are also available via a chat service and a special hotline number for the hearing impaired: 1-800-799-4889.
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663
This resource provides brief interventions for youth who are dealing with pregnancy, sexual abuse, child abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts. They also provide referrals to local counseling, treatment centers, and shelters.
Tools To Thrive
This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The
global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental
health as a result. The good news is that there are tools and resources available that can support the well-being of
individuals and communities.
Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this Mental
Health Month, Keep it Vertical is highlighting #Tools2Thrive - what individuals can do throughout their daily
lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves
struggling for the first time.
We know that the past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little to no control over. If you
found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took
the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there
are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. We are focused on managing anger and frustration,
recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making
time to take care of yourself.
It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time.
Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the
past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.
A great starting point for anyone who is ready to start prioritizing their mental health is to take a mental health
screening at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and
begin finding hope and healing.
Ultimately, Keep it Vertical wants to remind everyone that mental illnesses are real, and
recovery is possible. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find balance between life’s ups and
downs and continue to cope with the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
For more information, visit www.mhanational.org