Mental health plays such an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. If someone you care about is having issues with their behavioral or mental health, you may not be sure how to help them.
Our partners at Mental Health America share tips to support and find help for others, including:
- Learn more about mental health conditions. Education about mental and behavioral health conditions will help you be a better supporter, caretaker or friend. Learn more about conditions here.
- Connect them with resources. This interactive "where to get help" feature is a great place to start.
- Start the conversation. If someone you know is showing signs of a mental health problem, talk to them. It's important to be non judgmental and listen. We offer helpful conversation starters for kids, and Mental Health America offers tips to start the conversation with an adolescent or teen.
Mental Health America
Finding Help In Crisis Situations
For crisis situations that are not life-threatening, please call your county’s psychiatric crisis line number.If someone you care about is having thoughts of suicide or needs to talk, encourage them to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you prefer to text, you can text "START" to 741-741 where a live, trained specialist will respond back to you.