Helpful mental health resources

Get support now.

If you are having thoughts of suicide and need support right now, there are people who care about your life and will provide you with resources that can help.

  • If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1

  • Contact a doctor

  • Go to a hospital emergency room

  • Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected with a trained counselor at a crisis center anytime. People are standing by, ready to help without judgement

  • Text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a crisis counselor at the Crisis Text Line from anywhere in the U.S. It’s free, 24/7, and confidential

  • If you’re outside the United States, please visit iasp.info

National organizations and websites

The following websites offer more information on depression and other mental health topics:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

A nonprofit organization that is dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and adolescents. AACAP promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research.

Depression Resource Center

Contains consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, and expert videos about childhood depression.

Facts for Families

Provides concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

A voluntary health organization that is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research.

#BeThe1to 

A movement supported by The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and The National Suicide Preventon Lifeline, which includes 5 action steps, stories, resources, tips and messages about suicide prevention.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Mental health information and resources from the CDC.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Peer-based (patients talking to patients) services and resources related to depression and bipolar disorder. 

Families for Depression Awareness

Education, training, and support to help families who are coping with mood disorders.

The Jed Foundation (JED)

A nonprofit organization that works to protect the emotional health of teens and young adults.

Managing Your Meds

A nonprofit organization that has tips to help you remember to take your medication as directed 

Script Your Future

A campaign in the U.S. that is designed to help you remember to take your medication as directed. 

Mental Health America (MHA)

A community-based nonprofit organization focused on addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the mental health of all Americans.

Mental Health First Aid

Training course that gives people the skills to help someone with a mental health problem or a mental health crisis.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

A grassroots mental health organization that provides free referral, information and support, runs education programs, and holds public awareness events and activities.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The main U.S. federal agency for research on mental disorders.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

A phone line to call if you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis. The Lifeline is made up of a large network of crisis centers located across the U.S. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)

An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads efforts to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in the U.S.

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. 

Selected books and resources by University of Michigan faculty and staff

Brain Fit

Online brain games, exercises, and tools to train your brain with a personalized plan to boost memory, mood, focus and energy.

Overcoming Bipolar Disorder: A Comprehensive Workbook for Managing Your Symptoms and Achieving Your Life Goals

A book that presents a research-proven method for helping people living with bipolar disorder gain control of their disorder.

Motherhood in the Face of Trauma: Pathways Towards Healing and Growth

A book that addresses the physical and emotional consequences of interpersonal violence on women entering motherhood.

BiAffect App

An app that researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with collaborators at the University of Michigan, designed to help people with bipolar disorder see manic and depressive episodes coming, and take action to reduce the effects of those episodes. The app monitors and analyzes keyboard dynamics metadata, such as typing speed and rhythm, mistakes in texts, and the use of backspace and auto-correct to identify digital biomarkers of manic and depressive episodes in people with bipolar disorder.