Today marks the final day in my Mental Health Awareness Week blog series, and I’m ending it with this list of free mental health resources. Furthering your knowledge of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia will help you to better support anyone suffering from any mental health condition. It’s also important to know which free resources are available in your neighborhood, state, and country for people struggling with their mental health.
According to data provided by the nonprofit organization Project Hope, about 25% of people globally have one or more mental health illnesses. Let’s put this into perspective. About 8 billion people are populating the world. If we do that math, that means that 2 billion people are suffering from mental health illnesses who may or may not have access to mental health resources.
From therapy to self-care and coping mechanisms, people with mental health illnesses and disorders deserve to have instant access to resources. So, today I’m sharing a list of mental health resources in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Asia, and India that you have free access to.
Free Mental Health Resources
In The United States
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please utilize this hotline to speak to a mental health crisis counselor. These counselors are available 24 hours and seven days a week.
- Crisis Text Line: Whether you’re experiencing a panic attack or have been experiencing a depressive slump, the crisis text line is available to anyone who wishes to seek help via text message. Text home to 741741 for free to speak to someone.
- Veterans Crisis Line: This mental health resource is available to all veterans. You can call, text, or chat online with a mental health professional who specializes in working with veteran personnel.
- The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults access mental health resources and serve as a suicide prevention line. They educate, train, and advocate for the mental health rights of this community.
- Trans Lifeline: This nonprofit organization helps trans people experiencing a crisis access emotional and financial support. All of the staff working on the hotline are trans or nonbinary and can answer any questions or help with any mental health crisis relating to being trans.
- After Silence: After Silence offers a free message board to survivors of rape, sexual assault, abuse, and incest. To access the message board, you must create a free account using an email and password. The board is entirely anonymous, and your information is kept safe by the administrators.
- Daily Strength: This free mental health resource is for people struggling with thoughts of self-harm. Like the organization After Silence, the site uses a message board to allow people to express themselves and their ideas and seek help.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: This helpline is run through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. They provide free and confidential services to anyone who reaches out to them. This organization specializes in treatment referral and information services for anyone who has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and any mental health illnesses.
- NYC Well: NYC Well is a free mental health resource available to anyone living in New York City struggling to manage their mental health. It was created during the pandemic and helps city residents access free crisis lines, therapists, and other resources.
- NAMI Helpline: The NAMI helpline is a 24-hour crisis line available to anyone living in the United States.
In The United Kingdom
- Mind: Mind is a nonprofit organization in the UK dedicated to helping anyone and everyone with their mental health. They offer several services, including an infoline, legal help, and information services. They also provide professional training and frequently advocate for the rights of those suffering from mental health illnesses.
- Samaritans: Samaritans is a free crisis line in the UK and a significant mental health resource to write down. There are several ways you can reach out to this organization, such as via email, mail, phone, or their self-help app.
- NHS: The NHS is one of the most extensive health services in England. They offer help in finding immediate assistance to those who urgently need help. Their website also has a ton of information on various mental health illnesses and ways you can learn how to self-manage them.
- Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line: Rethink is a free mental health service that provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, including health professionals, employers, and staff.
- Sideline: Sideline is another crisis helpline located in England and the UK. They provide information, service, and educate people struggling with mental health and their support systems.
- The Mix: The Mix is a free mental health service available to teens and young adults between 13 to 25 who live in England and the UK. They offer support and education on various mental health illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Bipolar Disorder. Counseling and peer services are also available via web chat, text, or phone.
- YoungMinds: YoungMinds is a nonprofit mental health charity in the UK that works with young people and parents. They offer a range of mental health and educational services such as counseling, training, and courses.
- Give Us A Shout: A free and confidential crisis text line for people living in the UK
- Mental Health At Work: This organization focuses on the mental health status of UK employees in the workplace. They offer education and accessible mental health resources and toolkits on their website.
- Children’s Society: A nonprofit organization focused on bettering children’s mental health living in the UK. They offer information and services for various mental health illnesses and other causes such as sex trafficking, abuse, and more.
In South Africa
- South African Federation For Mental Health: A human rights organization focused on the mental health of South African people. Their main goal is to help people in that region access necessary mental health services and information. They work with people of all ages.
- South African Depression and Anxiety Group: The SADAG is one of the largest mental health advocacy groups in South Africa. Their website is packed with lists, resources, and tools.
- Lifeline South Africa: A 24-hour counseling line
- Suicide Crisis Helpline: Call 0800 567 567 if you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts
- 24HR Substance Abuse Hotline: Call 0800 12 13 14 if you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse
- Perinatal Mental Health Project: This mental health organization focuses on the needs of pregnant and postnatal people who don’t have access to free or low-cost mental health resources.
- Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative: Although it’s not located in South Africa, MANI is one of the largest mental health organizations in Nigeria. They work with young adults, teens, and children to fight the stigma against mental health in their area.
In Asia & India
- SOS (Samaritans of Singapore): 24HR suicide prevention hotline in Singapore. Call 1800 221 4444 if you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts or tendencies and live in Singapore.
- Befrienders: A free mental health service in Malaysia offering emotional support to anyone struggling to manage their mental health. They offer phone, email, and in-person support.
- #ThereisHelp at National Centre for Mental Health Crisis Hotline: Call 1553 (+63) 917-899-8727 or (02) 7-989-8727 if you or someone you know in the Philippines is struggling with their mental health.
- Tell Lifeline: A Japanese and English speaking mental health hotline for people struggling with their mental health in Japan. This service is free, confidential, and available to people of all ages, including children.
- ROSHNI: Free crisis hotline in India. Call (+914) 066202000 If you or someone you know in India is currently struggling with mental health, drug abuse, or suicide.
- The Vandrevala Foundation: An Indian nonprofit organization helping anyone living in India to access mental health resources. They raise awareness and advocate for more mental health services, and offer a free helpline.
- NIMHANS: A mental health institute in India offering a free hotline for people recovering from emergency disasters.
- SNEHA Foundation Trust: A nonprofit organization offering suicide prevention services in India. They have a free hotline available to anyone suffering from a mental health crisis or who feels the urge to commit suicide.
- Fortis Stress Hotline: A free mental health hotline for students and parents to utilize during exams. Call 08376804102 if you or your child is struggling with their mental health during those stressful times.
Why Is It Important To Know These Mental Health Resources?
Depending on where you live, there may be limited free or low-cost mental health services you can utilize during a mental health crisis. Knowing and learning about which resources are available near you keeps you informed and helps you identify where you need to go if you or a loved one is suffering from mental health illnesses such as Depression or Anxiety.
While I may have only listed free mental health resources in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Asia, and India, many mental health resources are near your hometown or county. Please don’t be afraid to use your free time to research what’s near you. Regardless of where you live, your mental health matters, and it’s essential to take proactive steps towards ensuring that you’re prepared for when you may need them?
Are there any mental health resources I should add to the list? Let me know in the comments.
you can also find more mental health resources in the library here