National Mental Health Advocacy and Education Organizations

Mental Health America (MHA)

MHA is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.

mhanational.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

nami.org/Home

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. They advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services

thenationalcouncil.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

samhsa.gov

National Low Income Housing Coalition 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

nlihc.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices

Note: Calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will redirect you to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

(800) 273-8255

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Lifeline is the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25.

(866) 488-7386

thetrevorproject.org/about/programs-services

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

(877) 564-6366

translifeline.org

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available to any Veteran, even if they are not enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA. Care does not end when the conversation is over. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect Veterans to their local suicide prevention coordinators (SPC), who follow up to coordinate care.

(800) 273-8255 and press 1

veteranscrisisline.net

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists is a collection of therapists who center the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. They honor the full neurodiversity spectrum and advocate for mental health care accessibility for people with disabilities/disabled people. They offer a provider directory to assist in finding local therapists.

inclusivetherapists.com

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). They work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces. Their overall goal is to increase access to healing justice resources for QTPoC.

nqttcn.com

Black Mental Health Alliance

Black Mental Health Alliance’s mission is to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings, and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities. Black Mental Health Alliance also provides a directory of black psychiatrists nationally.

blackmentalhealth.com

Melanin and Mental Health

Melanin and Mental Health’s mission is to connect POC with clinicians that are culturally competent and dedicated to helping minority communities, promote and advocate for culturally competent clinicians, provide free resources to providers and community members, and have regular events for minority community members.

melaninandmentalhealth.com

Therapy for Black Girls

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a licensed psychologist, speaker and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she delights in using pop culture to illustrate psychological concepts.

therapyforblackgirls.com

NAMI BIPOC Resource Page

NAMI has compiled a list of resources for BIPOC individuals to better access mental and behavioral health care. This webpage includes: information on barriers to care; information on how to seek culturally competent care; NAMI’s Sharing Hope program; and Black mental health resources.

nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/Black-African-American

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists is a collection of therapists who center the needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. They honor the full neurodiversity spectrum and advocate for mental health care accessibility for people with disabilities/disabled people. They offer a provider directory to assist in finding local therapists.

inclusivetherapists.com

American Association or Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Find a Professional

AASECT is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization. With its history of impeccable standards for training, experience and ethical behavior, AASECT is increasingly recognized as the guardian of professional standards in sexual health. AASECT’s provider directory can connect you to providers across the country competent in working with people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum as well as working with other sexual-related issues.

aasect.org/referral-directory

Finding an LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapist: Questions and Answers to Help

This article from Heathline explains how to find a therapist who will affirm LGBTQ+ identities.

healthline.com/health/mental-health/therapy-for-lgbt#referrals

Trevor Project

The Trevor Project was founded more than two decades ago to respond to a public health crisis impacting LGBTQ youth — a crisis whose magnitude is huge, and one that we have worked tirelessly to end. LGBTQ young people are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers, and suicide remains the second leading cause of death among all young people in the United States. The Trevor Project has become the leading global organization responding to the crisis of LGBTQ youth suicide.

thetrevorproject.org

GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

glaad.org

GLBT National Hotline

The GLBT National Hotline provides a safe space that is anonymous and confidential where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.

(888) 843-4564

glbthotline.org

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.

(877) 564-6366

translifeline.org

NAMI Veterans & Active Duty Resource Page

NAMI has created a Veterans & Active Duty Resource page for mental health issues. It addresses mental health concerns, who to talk to, how it will affect your career, how to help other veterans, transitioning to civilian life, and how to maintain a strong mind and body.

nami.org/Your-Journey/Veterans-Active-Duty

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available to any Veteran, even if they are not enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA. Care does not end when the conversation is over. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect Veterans to their local suicide prevention coordinators (SPC), who follow up to coordinate care.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health

The VA provides support for a variety of mental health conditions and other challenges, including: anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, effects of traumatic brain injuries, sexual trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, substance use, suicide prevention, and tobacco use.

National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)

NAC is dedicated to improving the quality of life for friend and family caregivers and those in their care, by advancing research, advocacy, and innovation.

caregiving.org

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)

NFCA supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.

caringcommunity.org

The National Council on Aging (NCOA)

We will deliver the resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy our nation needs to ensure that every person can age with health and financial security.

ncoa.org

National Institute on Aging (NIH)

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.

nia.nih.gov

American Counseling Association

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

counseling.org

National Association of Social Workers

Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

socialworkers.org