This is a list of some mental health organizations/resources in the U.S. and Canada that I can confidently say provide proper help for those of us with mental health issues*. Click on the name to go to the resource’s website.
Crisis hotlines/chat lines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (United States)
Transgender Lifeline: 877-565-8860 (U.S.) and 877-330-6366 (Canada)
The Trevor Project (LGBT-friendly crisis resources in the U.S)
Mental health organizations:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (U.S.) – Great mental health education, awareness, and advocacy group. They have state and local chapters, too!
Bring Change 2 Mind (U.S.) – Organization founded by Glenn Close and her family to produce anti-stigma videos and campaigns.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (U.S.) – Resource for substance abuse and mental health treatment and information.
Great mental health websites:
Psychology Today Find A Therapist/Psychiatrist/etc. (U.S.) – Great resource for finding mental health professionals. Can search by zip code, condition, etc. and doctors/therapists show what insurance they take.
I’m Not Ashamed (worldwide) – Twitter page/movement that I’m a part of along with 5 amazing women. We tweet to fight the stigma of living with a mental illness using the hashta #imnotashamed. We also have a website!
The Mighty – Website focusing on stories about people living with some sort of health condition. Has a section devoted to mental health stories written by people living with mental illness.
*NOTE: I will not add service providers, organizations, projects, etc. that I cannot personally vouch for or accept payments to list resources for ethical reasons.