Studies have shown that nearly 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year and mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. 

Mental Health America also reports that 17% of Black people and 23% of Indigenous people live with a mental illness, and people who identify as belonging to two or more races are most likely to report any mental illness within the past year than any other racial or ethnic group. 

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS RESOURCES:

 

RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS

The Asian Mental Health Project
Aims to educate and empower Asian communities seeking mental healthcare.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts.

Behavioral Health Division of the Indigenous Health Service
Promotes the integration of behavioral health and primary care treatment, while respecting the balance, wellness, and resilience of indigenous people.

Circles of Care
A SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, Tribal Training, and Technical Assistance Center program that creates models of care for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

LGBTQ+ National Help Center
The LGBTQ+ National Help Center provides mental health resources to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

The Loveland Foundation
Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative, and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Melanin and Mental Health
Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory, and events.

National Alliance on Mental Health
NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental health issues can live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families can build better lives.

National Institute of Mental Health
The NIMH mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental health through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing mental health resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Sunshine Behavioral Health: Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing mental health conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery. Racism is a public health crisis,” according to a May 2020 statement from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This means that racism — whether unintentional, unconsciously, or concealed — has affected Black Americans’ access to equal and “culturally competent” health care.

WellSeek for Women’s Mental Health
WellSeek works with practitioners, advocates, and organizations to create social impact from the intersection of gender equality & community care. As a collective, we’re shifting the paradigm of women’s mental health with the changemakers & allies who are leading the way.

Women for Women International
For over 25 years, Women for Women International has used an integrated approach to invest in women’s power: We are a learning organization that listens to data, our teams on-the-ground, and women themselves to constantly evolve and improve the way we work. 

RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZATIONS /EMPLOYERS

 Center for Workplace Mental Health by the American Psychiatric Association
The Center for Workplace Mental Health provides employers the tools, resources, and information needed to promote and support the mental health of employees and their families.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources from the Asian American Psychological Association
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 responses and the daily emergence of available resources, AAPA Executive Committee maintains this evolving list of resources to be updated regularly.

Mental Health in the Workplace by the Centers for Disease Control
Employers can promote awareness about the importance of mental health and stress management. Workplace health promotion programs have proven to be successful, especially when they combine mental and physical health interventions.

Mental Health in the Workplace by the World Health Organization
A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.

Workplace Mental Health Institute
The Workplace Mental Health Institute delivers mental health training and through online and in-person wellbeing and mental health courses. WMHI help managers and staff know how to prevent, identify, and respond to mental health issues in the workplace.

Workplace Wellness by Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) recognizes the psychological impact that workplaces can have on their employees. MHA’s research is part of an ongoing commitment to uncovering workplace disparities and addressing the psychological needs of the workforce.

The World Health Organization Special Initiative for Mental Health
The WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health will work towards a vision where all people achieve the highest standard of mental health and well-being. By 2023, the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health will support access to quality and affordable community- based mental health care for 100 million more people.

Benefits of Talking About Mental Health at Work
This article by Online Counseling Programs shares how and why talking about mental health at work is helpful. Being open about a mental health condition can be daunting, but ongoing research shows that avoiding disclosure can lead to burnout and other negative outcomes while transparency can lead to better workplace environments and reduce stigma about mental health.

GLOBAL AND COUNTRY-SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation
AMHRTF is a non-governmental organization, based in Kenya dedicated to research in mental and neurological health to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available, and accessible mental health services.

Asian Mental Health Collective
AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

Counselors on Call by Project Mumbai (India)
COC is an initiative by Project Mumbai, in association with Prafulta, a psychological wellness center. It’s aimed at providing emotional support to navigate through difficult times and is functional for 12 hours every day.

Global Mental Health Resources: CheckPoint
Our missions are to raise awareness for mental health issues, reduce stigma, and improve wellbeing in our community. We are passionate about using video games for positive wellbeing and resilience.

The Health Collective India
The Health Collective aims to be a safe space for conversations, a repository of information and resources, especially for those in India.

Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists
IACP is a premier organization formed with the aims and objectives of advancing the concepts of mental health and the advancement of profession of clinical psychology.

International Mental Health Collaborating Network
Our vision is a world which respects and values the differences between individuals, enabling people who experience mental health issues, with appropriate supports, to lead fulfilling and productive lives using their strengths to contribute as full citizens and enrich our societies.

Mental Health Europe
MHE is a nongovernmental network organization committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of persons with psychosocial disabilities, their families, and careers.

Mental Health Foundation (UK)
Prevention is at the heart of what we do. Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 70 years and we aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.

Mental Health Innovation Network | A Global Community
A community of mental health innovators – researchers, practitioners, policymakers, service user advocates, and donors from around the world – sharing innovative resources and ideas to promote mental health and improve the lives of people.

Mental Health Innovation Network Africa
MHIN Africa aims to provide support for African mental health innovators. MHIN Africa disseminates the evidence generated by research and innovation initiatives in the field of mental health throughout Africa.

Mental Health System Reform in Brazil + Resources
A program by the Mental Health Innovation Network to increase access to psychosocial care in Brazil. 

Movement for Global Mental Health
The Movement for Global Mental Health is a network of individuals and organizations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries where effective services are often scarce.

South African Federation for Mental Health
SAFMH is a mental health-focused, human rights organization, with a 100-year track record of service delivery to South Africans. The mission of the organization is to work with the community to achieve the highest possible level of mental health for all.

Time to Change (UK)
Time to Change was a social movement to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Over the course of our campaign, we have worked with 7,500 champions with mental health problems, 1500 employers and 3,500 secondary schools, colleges and youth sector organizations. Since we started, 5.4 million people’s attitudes to mental health have improved.

United for Global Mental Health
UGMH is dedicated to creating a world that enables good mental health for all. We focus on what will make the most difference to global mental health, and we build whatever it takes to make that happen.

World Federation for Mental Health
WFMH is the only international multidisciplinary, grassroots advocacy and education organization concerned with all aspects of mental health. It was founded in 1948 to advance, among all people and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment, and the promotion of mental health. 

The World Mental Health Organization
Our work involves mental health promotion and the prevention of mental, neurological and substance use disorders. We support the expansion of access to affordable, quality care for everyone who needs it.