- Depression Resources
- Organizations That Educate and Offer Help
- Financial Help Managing the Cost of Therapy and Medication
- Coping, Advocacy, and Support for People With Depression
- Resources for LGBTQ+ Individuals
- Resources for Black Individuals
- Facts and Statistics About Depression
- Medications and Therapies Used to Treat Depression
- Patient Blogs on the Real Experience of Coping With Depression
- Tests to Gauge if You’re Depressed
- Clinical Trials That Address Depression
- 12 Mental Health Organizations To Support
- 1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- 2. The Trevor Project
- 3. National Alliance on Mental Illness
- 4. National Council for Behavioral Health COVID-19 Fund
- 5. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
- 6. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
- 7. Shatterproof
- 8. Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- 9. National Center for Transgender Equality
- 10. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- 11. National Federation of Families
- 12. Center for Workplace Mental Health
- Helpful mental health resources
- National organizations and websites
- Selected books and resources by University of Michigan faculty and staff
If you or a loved one is experiencing depression, know that compassionate help is available. These organizations, articles, and websites provide information and support to people with depression and their loved ones.
Organizations That Educate and Offer Help
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the largest grassroots organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.
Through various programs, it aims to change public perception about mental illness, help its members manage mental illness, and build up family relationships.
Reach the help line at 800-950-NAMI (800-950-6264) or text “NAMI” to 741741.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) The ADAA works to improve the quality of life of those affected by anxiety and depression and related disorders. This nonprofit's programs provide education, resources, and support for people to find treatment. If you’re looking for a therapist, check out the ADAA’s directory.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The NIMH is the largest biomedical research organization in the world committed to understanding the treatment and prevention of mental disorders.
It funds research «to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
» If you’re interested in joining a study, visit its clinical trials page.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The mental health resources from the CDC are a good source of public health information. Test your knowledge of mental illness in the Mental Health Quiz.
American Psychological AssociationOn the website for this professional organization of psychologists, learn how a psychologist can work with you to alleviate symptoms of depression. It also offers information on how to manage health and well-being while coping with depression and anxiety.
American Psychiatric Association This medical society's members work to ensure that people with mental illnesses, including substance use disorders, receive humane care and effective treatment. Educational material, as well as help finding a psychiatrist, is available on its website.
Financial Help Managing the Cost of Therapy and Medication
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Medicine Assistance Tool This confidential search engine will help you find therapy and prescription assistance free of charge. You can enter your information to receive personalized assistance or simply learn more about prescription costs, healthcare insurance, and more. To receive assistance by phone, call 571-350-8643.
NeedyMeds This national nonprofit provides information on healthcare programs and offers direct assistance to help people afford their medications and other health-related costs. Its Drug Pricing Calculator allows you to compare the cost of your medications at different pharmacies in your area. For more assistance, you can reach the NeedyMeds help line at 800-503-6897.
Together Rx Access Through the Together Rx Access Savings Program, individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can get access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products at their neighborhood pharmacies. Check out its step-by-step guide on how to order medication or how to schedule an online consultation if you don’t have a prescription. Call 800-444-4106 to receive assistance by phone.
Social Security Administration Find out if you qualify for benefits and what medication and therapy services are covered by Medicare.
Care for Your Mind This website offers advice on finding affordable therapy. It also provides information on care coordination, access to treatment, veterans, workplace issues, Medicare, and more.
Coping, Advocacy, and Support for People With Depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America This website offers blogs by experts and patients, educational webinars, and help finding a support group near you (or information on how to start one if none are available).
American Foundation for Suicide PreventionThis organization offers support and educational material for people contemplating suicide. Learn how to talk to someone who is having suicidal thoughts, or get help for yourself or someone you know who may be considering suicide. If you need to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) The DBSA focuses on educating, supporting, and promoting wellness for people who have depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders. On its website, you can find a support group — local or online — or log your mental health journey using its Wellness Toolbox.
Erika’s Lighthouse This site builds awareness around teenage depression. Get a better understanding of teen mental health through stories on its blog. Also, check out its Teen Toolbox if you’re struggling with depression or if you know a teenager with depression.
Families for Depression Awareness This organization provides support for families with loved ones who have depression and bipolar disorder.
If you think you or a loved one may have depression, you can take an anonymous test. You can also find out if depressive disorders run in your family.
If you’d to keep track of your or a loved one’s mental health, try the Depression Wellness Analyzer.
HelpGuide HelpGuide is an online resource designed to educate people on mental health and help people better understand how they can support their mental health. If you’re feeling stressed, listen to one of its relaxing guided meditations.
MoodNetwork This online community aims to reach people who have mood disorders. Check out its blog to read personal stories of people living with depression.
To Write Love on Her ArmsThis nonprofit organization aims to support people who live with depression, addiction, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts and also invests in treatment options. You can read personal stories on its blog, listen to discussions about mental health on its podcast, and keep track of your mood on its app, The Hopeful.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Individuals
The Trevor Project This national organization focuses on suicide prevention among young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Reach its crisis help line by calling 866-488-7386 or texting START to 678-678.
It Gets Better Project This nonprofit organization supports, empowers, and connects LGBTQ+ people from all over the world. Read or watch stories told by LGBTQ+ people, or share your own.
Human Rights Campaign This organization is geared toward fighting for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people. Check out the campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index 2020, which assesses the inclusivity of healthcare practices and policies.
Resources for Black Individuals
Therapy for Black Girls This website is geared toward destigmatizing mental health issues among young Black women and girls, and providing them with information that is accessible and applicable to their life experiences. Check out its blog, listen to the Therapy for Black Girls podcast, and find a therapist who can see you either in person or online.
Depressed While Black This online community advocates for Black-affirming mental health support for Black people who have severe depression. Stay up to date with the community on its page, or sign up for its newsletter.
Facts and Statistics About Depression
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention View data on the prevalence of depression among adults ages 20 or older, and learn more about depression among women.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Read data and research surrounding anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
National Institute of Mental HealthCheck out information about the prevalence of major depressive episodes among American adults.
Medications and Therapies Used to Treat Depression
Learn More About How to Create a Depression Treatment Plan
Patient Blogs on the Real Experience of Coping With Depression
Lawyers With Depression Dan Lukasik, a lawyer from Buffalo, New York, started this blog to help law students, judges, and lawyers who cope with depression. Read his posts about depression among men and how to change your thinking.
Postpartum ProgressKatherine Stone founded Postpartum Progress, the world’s most widely read blog about maternal mental illness, to help other pregnant women and new mothers with postpartum depression and other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. On the website, you can find treatment programs, support groups in your area, a list of Black mental health providers, and more.
Depression Marathon This patient blog was started by a female runner and health professional with severe and persistent depression. Her posts touch on how her life has changed since being diagnosed with depression and alcoholism, how she copes through running, and her thoughts on life in general.
Tests to Gauge if You’re Depressed
Mental Health America
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Clinical Trials That Address Depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
National Institute of Mental Health
Additional reporting by Pamela Kaufman, Nicol Natale, Bernadette Young, and Leona Vaughn.
12 Mental Health Organizations To Support
Supporting mental health organizations benefits the people served by their mission—but also benefits the generous supporters too. That’s because giving is good for your health—especially your mental health—lowering stress and depression levels while boosting happiness.
Supporting the right mental health organizations can help raise awareness, address stigma, and facilitate treatment and recovery for a variety of mental health issues while improving company culture and employee wellness. Here are 12 mental health organizations to support.
1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Anxiety and depression are common mental health issues in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that depression and anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
The ADAA is focused on prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and related conditions through education, practice, and research. The organization has a community of over 1,500 mental health professionals, many of whom contribute actively to research, education, and training.
Related: How to manage workplace anxiety
2. The Trevor Project
For young LGBTQ workers or family members, The Trevor Project provides crucial mental health resources. This organization focuses on issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide prevention in members of the LGBTQ community under 25 years of age.
The Trevor Project includes resources such as crisis intervention tools, suicide prevention trainings, and other community resources.
3. National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is a nonprofit mental health organization whose mission is to provide “advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives,” with a focus on reducing stigma and improving the mental health system.
This organization publishes information about mental health and offers resources such as classes and training, mental health programs and events, and a helpline to recommend non-emergency resources and solutions.
4. National Council for Behavioral Health COVID-19 Fund
Conditions such as anxiety and depression have worsened for many employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental health nonprofits are in a position to promote proper treatment of these and other conditions during this crisis.
The National Council for Behavioral Health has established a COVID-19 relief fund to remove financial barriers for those seeking help.
Donations go directly to frontline community behavioral health providers who can help provide remote and in-person services to those with mental illness or substance abuse issues.
Related: Ease COVID-19 anxieties with online counseling
5. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN is an anti-sexual violence organization that runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. According to their mission statement, RAINN “carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
This organization offers a variety of programs and advocacy such as victim services, public education, public policy work, and consulting. Office leaders may be interested in RAINN’s sexual assault training programs for companies and organizations.
6. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
NQTTCN focuses on facilitating mental health resources for queer and trans people of color.
Their services focus on “black, indigenous, latinx, arab, middle-eastern, asian, pacific islander, and mixed race, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and non-binary people” and providing for the needs of mental health practitioners who are queer and trans people of color.
Resources this organization provides include a queer and trans people of color health practitioner database, funding for those seeking mental health support, and practitioner development and community building.
Shatterproof is a nonprofit that focuses on how substance abuse and mental illness impact communities across the United States. They seek to end the stigma around substance abuse and help treat and prevent addiction.
Shatterproof advocates for policy change at the federal and state level, such as the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act. They also provide tools for education and for those seeking treatment.
8. Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
BEAM’s goal is to help remove systemic barriers Black people experience accessing mental health resources. The nonprofit does this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
Mental illness in the Black community must be addressed simultaneously with systemic issues such as “inequities in the criminal legal system, economic reform, HIV/AIDS, transphobia, homophobia, racism … and other issues that challenge the wellness of Black communities,” according to BEAM.
In addition to other resources, BEAM has mobile crisis unit services in some states.
9. National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is an advocacy group focused on policy work in pursuing equal rights for transgender people. They tackle a plethora of important issues facing the transgender community, including physical and mental health, housing and homelessness, violence prevention, racial and economic justice, and more.
They offer a variety of resources for transgender mental health issues, as well as for general health care, insurance, legal aid, and other related topics.
10. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Through research, education, advocacy, and survivor support, AFSP focuses on its core mission of suicide prevention. The AFSP found that “suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among young people age 15 to 24. The highest overall rates of suicide are for adults age 40 to 59.”
The foundation offers many resources for those who’ve contemplated suicide, those who’ve survived a suicide attempt, or affected family members. They also have established a crisis hotline at 800-273-8255.
11. National Federation of Families
According to their website, The National Federation of Families “is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and substance use challenges and their families.”
The National Federation of Families focuses on advocacy for families to shape implementation of policies and funding for family and children’s mental health services. They offer a variety of resources, such as trainings, courses, and seminars.
12. Center for Workplace Mental Health
The Center for Workplace Mental Health is an organization dedicated to helping employers promote mental wellness among workers and their families. Their goal is to decrease stigma and increase the number of employees who seek effective treatments—therefore alleviating issues such as absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher health care and disability costs.
Related: Mental health disability: Best practices for supporting and accommodating employees
Whatever mental health challenges your employees face, Spring Health can help you match them to the right treatment options for their individual health care plans.
We offer an extensive network of providers and treatment tools, ranging from meditation or practiced mindfulness to more serious treatments such as therapy, medication, or rehab.
Contact us to learn more about what Spring Health can offer.
Helpful mental health resources
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.
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
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.
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.