Mental Health Resources


MindTrails is a public research website that offers free training programs to promote healthier thinking patterns for people with anxiety and other emotional difficulties. If you have other concerns about your mental health throughout participating in this study, we encourage you to speak with a licensed treatment provider.

MindTrails does not endorse or recommend any third party commercial products or services. Information on the website may not be used by private parties for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

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If you are seeking additional help for your (or a loved one’s) mental health, the following is a list of resources for you to look through and consider. We have provided links to information about specific mental illnesses, treatment resources, and general mental health information.


Information Links


Accessing High-Quality Treatment

Please note that when looking for appropriate treatment options, you may want to consider the following:

  • Look for a psychological or psychiatric treatment with research studies scientific research supporting its effectiveness.
  • Find a treatment provider with whom you feel comfortable. This means it is absolutely within your rights to ask questions before committing to any specific type of treatment, whether it be psychotherapy or medication.

Remember that everyone struggles with feelings of sadness or worry or not liking how they look, etc. It is normal to experience these feelings at times, and having a few symptoms does not mean that you meet criteria for a diagnosis of a mental disorder. However, we recommend that you consider seeking a professional evaluation if you are experiencing these symptoms more strongly than is typical for you (or for most other people you know), for an extended period of time (e.g., extremely sad mood for more than a couple weeks), or if the symptoms start to interfere with your ability to live your life in the way you want.


Treatment Referrals

American Psychological Association (APA)

APA provides educational information, links for information about disorders and treatment, and referral assistance for those seeking psychological therapy.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This site provides local psychological treatment resources in your area.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

ABCT provides referrals for those seeking psychological therapy, as well as educational opportunities and articles about cognitive and behavioral therapies.


Help for Suicidal Thoughts and Urges


Emergency Services
911
Dial 911 or visit the emergency department of your local hospital.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Calls are automatically directed to the nearest local Crisis Center in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network and answered by trained crisis counselors. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Text Hotlines

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Have a text conversation with a volunteer crisis counselor. Free, 24/7 support in the US. More info at Crisis Text Line.

Teen Hotlines

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
Staffed by trained counselors and provides support for parents and children. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Samaritans ('Samariteens') Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)
A peer service staffed by volunteers ages 15-18; hours: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST (weekdays); 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (weekends)

The Trevor Project Hotline
1-866-488-7386
Staffed by trained counselors and provides support to LBGTQ+ teens. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hotlines for Speech-Impaired and Deaf Callers

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (TTY)
1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline (TTY)
1-800-448-1833
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Suicide Prevention Websites

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides a search for the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline Network and information for Veterans and their families.

Suicide.org: Provides resources for helping a loved one who is suicidal and a list of suicide hotlines outside of the U.S.

SuicideHotlines.com: Provides information on what to expect when calling a hotline and a directory of local hotlines by state.


Information About Specific Mental Health Disorders

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: This site offers information on a range of anxiety problems, such as panic disorder and social phobia, as well as on depression. It includes information about multiple ways to seek help, including in-person treatments, support groups, online options, and self-help publications, among others.

International OCD Foundation: This is a not-for-profit organization comprised of people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals.

National Eating Disorders Association: Provides information and treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, and those concerned with body image and weight issues.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: Provides information about research and treatment for substance abuse for those struggling with addiction.


General Information

National Institute of Mental Health: This site provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Mental Health America: Mental Health America declares as its mission: "promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services.”

PsychCentral: This site functions as a mental health social network, created and run by mental health professionals to provide reliable information and support to consumers.

WebMD: WebMD provides health information, a supportive community, and educational services by blending expertise in health issues with community services, expert commentary, and medical review.

Canadian Psychological Association's "Psychology Works Fact Sheets": This site provides information about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses as well as information about their effective treatments.

K.S. Pope: This site provides free access to full-text articles and other resources on assessment, therapy, forensics, ethics in psychology, etc.


Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association: APA provides educational information, links for infoDrmation about disorders and treatment, and referral assistance for those seeking psychological therapy.

American Psychiatric Association: APA provides educational information about the field of psychiatry and current issues in the news, etc., as well as links for information about medication therapy, and a variety of research and clinical issues.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: ABCT provides educational opportunities, access to journals reporting research about issues related to behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and referrals for those seeking psychological therapy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Provides current information and findings for researchers to improve prevention, treatment, and policy for drug abuse and addiction.


Online Programs


Websites

Beacon: This site offers information on a range of anxiety problems, such as panic disorder and social phobia, as well as on depression. It includes information about multiple ways to seek help, including in-person treatments, support groups, online options, and self-help publications, among others.

MoodGYM: Online programs for depression and anxiety based on cognitive behavior therapy principles. (Free and has been translated into several languages.)

This Way Up: Online programs for depression and anxiety based on cognitive behavior therapy principles. (Some cost and clinician involvement.)


Mobile Apps

PsyberGuide: While there has generally been less research testing mobile applications, a few sites exist to learn about existing research support, including PsyberGuide. Experts help you sort through the many available mental health apps by rating the credibility, user experience, and transparency of each one (some of their top-rated apps are listed below).

Headspace: An app for Mindfulness meditation, which may help to improve concentration and mood, reduce anxiety, and increase productivity. Although this is a paid app, users can start with a free trial.

MoodMission: An app for dealing with stress, anxiety, and low mood, that includes behavioral, cognitive, physical-based, and emotion-based activities.

Happify: An app focusing on positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to improve general well-being. It encourages users to spend a few minutes a day on activities related to their core happiness skills of savor, thankful, aspire, give, or empathize.

Similar to PsyberGuide, to learn about existing research support for mobile applications and to access mobile applications for various disorders, visit Beacon.

In addition, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides ratings of mobile applications based on their ease of use, likely effectiveness, and research evidence: ADAA Reviewed Mental Health Apps.


Self-Help Books

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies provides lists of self-help books that they endorse for numerous problem areas, categorized by title, author, or topic: ABCT Self-Help Book Recommendations

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides lists of books and additional self-help materials (e.g., DVDs) that have been authored by members of the association: ADAA Books

Popular self-help books for managing depression, anxiety and other disorders of emotion include:

  • Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions (Tolin, 2012)
  • Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Burns, 2008)
  • Mind Over Mood (Greenberger & Padesky, 1995)
  • The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook (Antony, 2000)
  • Stop Obsessing (Foa & Wilson, 2001)

Note: These books are generally based on treatment principles that have strong research support, but there is variability in whether or not the specific books' effectiveness as a form of bibliotherapy has been tested.


Medication Information

To learn more about medication options for treating anxiety and depression, and related disorders, see:


Page last updated: September 20, 2019.