How to Find Mental Health Advocates in Your Community
Encouraging Community Members to Get Involved
Who Should Participate in Mental Health Trainings?
Resources to Help Engage the Whole Community in Conversations Around Mental Health
Mental Health Organizations
- Active Minds: focuses on college students and mental health and has a presence on more than 800 campuses.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: fact sheets and guidance on the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders to the public and professionals.
- The Asian American Psychological Association: fact sheets and other tools for advancing the health and well-being of Asian-American communities.
- Black Mental Health Alliance: focuses on educating the community about trauma-informed practices and culturally competent approaches to mental health treatment.
- The Jed Foundation: partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen teens’ and young adults’ mental health, address substance misuse, and implement suicide prevention programs and systems.
- MentalHealth.gov: access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.
- Mental Health America: community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness; provides information on signs, symptoms and treatment of mental illness and offers phone and text helpline.
- National Institute of Mental Health: 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.
- National Latino Behavioral Health Association: addresses the needs of Latino populations in the behavioral health arena.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: operates a toll-free lifeline hotline (800-273-8255) and works to prevent suicide by providing information on mental health.
- Prevention Institute: promotes community participation in prevention and health equity.
- Silence the Shame: focuses on education and awareness around mental health through community conversations, Mental Health First Aid training and more.
Mental Health Resources
- “Community Conversations About Mental Health: Planning Guide” (PDF, 3.5MB), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): This toolkit has tips on how to organize discussions about mental health.
- Communities That Care: Building Community Engagement and Capacity to Prevent Youth Behavior Problems, by Abigail A. Fagan, J. David Hawkins, Richard E. Catalano and David P. Farrington: Authors examine a system for communities to effectively engage in activities to promote health development and reduce crime rates for youth.
- Compartiendo Esperanza: Speaking With Latinos About Mental Health, NAMI: This bilingual presentation helps raise mental health awareness in Latino communities.
- Deeply Woven Roots: Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community, by Gary Gunderson: This book discusses how members of the faith community can improve the health of their communities.
- Emotional CPR, National Empowerment Center: This program offers training to assist others through an emotional crisis.
- Emotional Wellness Toolkit, National Institutes of Health: This online resource highlights six strategies for improving emotional health.
- Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care (PDF, 735KB), NAMI: This publication features individual stories to help families, peers and mental health professionals understand the effects of relationships and interactions on the care outcomes of people with mental illness.
- Fact Sheets: Mental Health, World Health Organization: This resource links to information specific to mental health conditions, with information about their epidemiology, causes, management and effects.
- “Finding Mental Health Care That Fits Your Cultural Background” (PDF, 1.4MB), NAMI: This fact sheet defines cultural competency and has tips for finding a culturally competent provider.
- Healthy Mind Initiative, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service: This program focuses on the high suicide rate in Asian-American Pacific Islander communities.
- Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders (PDF, 4.3MB), American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership Steering Committee: This toolkit helps faith leaders understand more about mental health, mental illness and treatment to help break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking care.
- Mental Health in Rural Communities Toolkit, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s Rural Health Information Hub: This website provides information in various modules that are focused on developing and sustaining rural mental health programs.
- Mental Health Month Toolkit (PDF, 27.2MB), Mental Health America: This resource shares information about understanding emotions, coping with loss, connecting with others, and dealing with the impact of toxic people and the importance of healthy routines.
- Psychological First Aid, National Child Traumatic Stress Network: This program provides training to assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and terrorism.
- Sharing Hope: Speaking With African Americans About Mental Health, NAMI: This presentation focuses on raising mental health awareness in African-American communities.
- Time to Talk: Tips for Talking About Your Mental Health, Mental Health America: Read tips on how to raise the subject of mental health with someone, including a sample letter.
- Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business (PDF, 534KB), NAMI-NYC, Northeast Business Group on Health, Partnership for Workplace Mental Health/American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and The Kennedy Forum: This resource guides employers on how to foster a workplace that supports mental health and wellness.
- Youth Mental Health First Aid, NCBH and Missouri Department of Mental Health: This program aims to teach parents, relatives, caregivers, teachers, peers and others how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis.
Mobile Mental Health Apps for Individuals in Need of Support
- Anxiety Reliever: tracks users’ anxiety symptoms to help identify triggers and has relaxation exercises.
- Headspace: provides meditation and mindfulness exercises to reduce anxiety and stress as well as improve awareness.
- MoodTools: targets depression and provides education about risk factors, approaches to treatment, videos and more.
- Sanvello: guides users through deep breathing and behavioral exercises and teaches them how to replace negative thinking patterns with positive thinking patterns.
- Self-Help Anxiety Management (SAM): helps users understand and manage anxiety disorders through self-help exercises and private reflection