Mental Health Resources
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or dial 911 in the case of an emergency.
Aloe Bud is not meant to and should not replace mental health care or the support of loved ones, but it is a valuable—and free—tool to help bridge gaps in making self-care as accessible and personal as possible.
Here are some other helpful and (mostly) free resources:
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General Mental Health Resources
Mental Health America provides information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.
LGBTQ+ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources LGBTQ individuals are more likely to use substances due to chronic stress and other challenges unique to this population. Fortunately, effective, LGBTQ-friendly treatment options are available.
Thrive NYC is a comprehensive plan to improve mental health in New York City.
National Council for Behavioral Health To locate mental health and addiction treatment facilities in your community, use the “Find a Provider” feature on the National Council’s website.
National Empowerment Center’s mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope, and healing to those diagnosed with a mental illness. The center provides information and advocacy resources.
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support, and advocacy organization for individuals with mental disorders and their families. Their website provides resources on mental disorders that are helpful for people who have experienced mental illness and their families, including support groups, education, and training.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Depression and Suicidal Intentions
American Association of Suicidality promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS also serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides information about suicide, support for survivors, prevention, research, and more.
Depression Screening This site is sponsored by Mental Health America as part of the Campaign for America’s Mental Health. The mission of this website is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of depression, and guide people toward appropriate professional help if necessary.
Mood GYM has been evaluated in a scientific trial and found to be effective in relieving depression symptoms if people work through it systematically. This website uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods to teach people to use ways of thinking that can help prevent depression.
Postpartum Support International includes resources for support, education, and local providers focusing on the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum, including postpartum depression. PSI’s toll-free helpline is staffed by a team of trained responders who rapidly refer callers to appropriate local resources, including emergency services. 800-944-4PPD (4773)
S.A.F.E. Alternatives is a residential treatment program for people who engage in self-injury. The website includes information about self-injury and about starting treatment. S.A.F.E information line: 1-800-DONT CUT (366-8288)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America promotes the early diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders.
E-Couch provides information about emotional problems (including depression and anxiety disorders) – what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It also provides a set of evidence-based online interventions designed to equip the user with strategies to improve mood and emotional state, along with a workbook to track progress and record experiences.
International Obsessive Compulsion Foundation provides information about obsessive-compulsive disorder, including information about effective treatments, how to find a health professional who has experience treating the disorder, and links to other helpful websites.
The Open Space offers a safe, nonjudgmental, place to talk about what you are going through and remain anonymous. 100% free of charge and confidential. Sessions can be scheduled for up to 45 minutes and take place over the phone or Zoom, audio only.
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation provides downloadable fact sheets on psychotic disorders.
Pendulum is a nonprofit organization providing information on bipolar disorder. The website includes book reviews, discussion forums, articles, and links to other resources.
Schizophrenia.com provides information, support, and education to family members, caregivers, and individuals whose lives have been affected by schizophrenia.
Anxiety Treatment in Orange County If you’re living with constant anxiety, you know how debilitating it can be for your health. Fortunately, there are anxiety treatment options available for anyone struggling. Keep reading our page to learn about the different types of anxiety disorders, the different methods of treating those disorders, and where you can get anxiety treatment in Orange County.
Substance Use Disorders
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence features information on local resources for getting help for a substance use concern, fact sheets, and further information for friends, family members, parents, and youth on having a conversation about substance use.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration has information about substance use disorders of all kinds. It includes information for the public, including families, health professionals, schools, and individuals. The website also includes a treatment finder to locate a substance use treatment provider in your area.
National Eating Disorder Association has stories of recovery from eating disorders, information about seeking treatment, and additional resources for school professionals and caregivers.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders includes information about eating disorders, how to seek treatment, and support groups for people suffering from eating disorders and their families.
Social Media Victims Law Center People often seem overly concerned with their body image, and society often contributes to this phenomenon. Researchers have found that attractive children are more popular with teachers, attractive applicants more likely to receive job offers, and attractive defendants are less likely to be convicted.
American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a keyword-searchable database of 1,100 national, international, model, and online self-help support groups. Also listed are self-help clearinghouses worldwide, research studies, information on starting face-to-face and online groups, and a registry for persons interested in starting national or international self-help groups.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance have a tool to find out if a support group is meeting in your area. These are peer-led support groups.
Eating Disorders Anonymous follows the 12-step approach used by Alcoholics Anonymous to help people struggling with eating disorders. The website lists meetings nationwide.
Recovery International is a self-help mental health organization that sponsors weekly group peer-led meetings in many communities, as well as telephone and Internet-based meetings.
Schizophrenics Anonymous is comprised of self-help groups established to support the recovery of people who experience schizophrenia. The website lists locations of self-help groups.
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