Everything you need to know about therapy for mental health
Check out these resources to learn more about therapy, symptoms of mental illness, and how to seek help, online or in person.
American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA is the professional organization representing psychologists nationwide. His site includes advice on emotional health, depression, PTSD and addictions, and provides a psychologist locator, which connects Americans to therapists based on their zip code. The APA also lists several crisis hotlines and resources for confidential telephone counseling.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The NAMI website includes blogs and articles on topics such as warning signs of mental illness, common mental health issues, treatment options, and how to find treatment. It also has a helpline open Monday to Friday until 10 p.m., which provides advice on what to do in an emergency and how to handle a mental health crisis. You can contact the helpline by chat, phone or email.
Mental Health America (MHA)
The MHA says it is dedicated to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through education, research, and advocacy work. Its website includes resources for Americans, such as mental health screening tools, tips on mental health treatment options, and how to get the most out of your therapy sessions. It is also connected to over 200 community mental health organizations, including support groups for various mental illnesses.
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Whether you are experiencing feelings of depression, grief, grief and loss, or trauma, the ACA provides a list of mental health resources on its website. It has a directory of therapies maintained by psychology todaywhich can help you find a counselor based on your zip code and whether you are looking for a therapist of a particular gender, ethnicity, religion or other characteristics.
If you’re looking for a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color) therapist, experts recommend Innopsych, which is a database that helps users filter their therapists based on ethnicity. Its mission is to “change the face and feel of therapy” by making therapists of color more visible in the community, and to make it quicker and easier for people of color to associate with a therapist of color. You can also ask for referrals from organizations such as the Association of Black Psychologists, the Black Mental Health Alliance, which maintains a directory of African American psychiatrists, the Asian Mental Health Collective, or the Hispanic Access Foundation.
American Association for Anxiety and Depression (ADAA)
The ADAA has a wealth of resources for Americans, including explanations of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, and BPD. It also has a library of educational resources such as blog posts, videos, podcasts, and webinars to help everyday Americans better understand their symptoms and treatment options.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
The DBSA provides screening tools for symptoms of depression and anxiety in adults and adolescents. It also contains resources on treatment options, how to find a healthcare provider, and how to find local and online support groups. If you have a loved one who is living with mental illness, it has articles on how to help family members, caregivers and friends who are going through a difficult time.
Mental health is health
This initiative aims to normalize conversations about mental health and helps people learn more about feelings and experiences like loneliness, hopelessness and stress. It was launched by MTV Entertainment Group in partnership with The Trevor Project, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, NAMI, National Council for Mental Wellness and others.
If you are actively in crisis and need immediate support, call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, or text 741-741 to reach a counselor trainer with Crisis Text Line.