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Need to talk to someone? (Warmlines)Local and national phone numbers for when you just need to talk. Location: Local Service Type: Community Support, Peer-Run Learn More

How can I take charge of my own mental health?If you search online for information about how to treat mental illness, you’ll see a lot of information about medications and therapy. That goes for our site too—after all, medications and therapy are important... Learn More

How do you treat mental illness?For most people, some combination of lifestyle changes, therapy, medication, and support are helpful for treating mental illness. Some of these are more effective than others for certain conditions and certain people. It may... Learn More

How to help someone make decisions about their mental healthMaking decisions about mental health is hard. Helping a loved one make these decisions can take a huge load off their shoulders. But if you’re not on the same page, you can end up... Learn More

How can I get mental health help in a small town?Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, but getting treatment in a small town can be really hard. Small towns typically have fewer mental health care providers, and you may... Learn More

How can I improve my mental health on my own?Therapy and medication aren’t the only ways to improve your mental health. There are lots of things you can do on your own! Learn all you can about mental illness You can find lots... Learn More

I’m afraid to talk to anyone about my mental healthMental health problems are hard and confusing. Having to then keep that a secret from other people can be exhausting and alienating. When you are dealing with something so difficult, the instinct to want... Learn More

I hate the holidays!Despite all the films, music, and greeting cards telling you otherwise, no, the holidays do not have to be the “happiest time of the year.” In fact, it’s really common for people to feel... Learn More

Can meditation improve my mental health?Meditation is skyrocketing in popularity . Given the number of uses of meditation, this trend makes sense. People meditate for personal development, stress management, and relaxation . And more than ever, people are also meditating for their... Learn More

How can I get help without my family knowing?Dealing with mental health issues on your own can be a major challenge. Getting help is an important part of most people’s recovery. But when you’re under 18, it can be hard to know... Learn More

What should I look for in a mental health app?Mental health is personal – because there are many different ways to experience mental health problems, the best treatment can depend on the individual. The same can be said of mental health apps. When... Learn More

I don’t want to take medication!Medications are just one of many treatment options for mental illness. There’s also therapy, lifestyle changes, and alternative treatments like herbal supplements. Each of these has their own pros and cons—there’s no one treatment... Learn More

How to talk to your parents about mental healthWorksheet to help you start the conversation. Learn More

Why do mental health meds affect people differently?Mental health medication can work well for some people, yet not work at all for others. 40% of psychiatry patients discontinue their medication within 90 days of prescription because of side effects or lack... Learn More

How do I get a service animal?Taking care of an animal can be a great way to improve your mental health. But not every landlord allows pets. You can get around this if a mental health professional certifies that you... Learn More

Who makes mental health decisions for me if I can’t?Health care power of attorney (POA) Learn More

How do I get an emotional support animal?Taking care of an animal can be a great way to improve your mental health. But not every landlord allows pets. You can get around this if a mental health professional certifies that you... Learn More

How does online therapy work?There are many reasons why someone might be hesitant to go see a therapist in person. One possible solution is online therapy, also called teletherapy. Online therapy can be a great option, especially if:... Learn More

Where can I find people like me?Living with a mental health condition can be isolating. It can feel like no one gets it, you can’t explain it, and you are the only one struggling. Loneliness tends to make whatever we’re... Learn More

What happens to a medication once it’s in my body?Knowing how your body processes mental health medication can be helpful in understanding your own medication regimen. It can help you feel a sense of control over your treatment and feel more comfortable with... Learn More

Thinking traps: How can I deal with negative thoughts?What do you do when you feel “stuck”? When you see the world through a negative lens, it can feel like everything is terrible and there’s no way out. Life is hard, and you... Learn More

Dealing with Trolls in Online Support CommunitiesOnline support communities like MHA’s Inspire can be a safe space for people with mental health conditions to share information and provide comfort to each other. And a lot of people have found strength... Learn More

Mental health support groupsMany people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups... Learn More

How health insurance worksHealth insurance is one of the best ways you can protect yourself and your family in case you get sick or injured and need medical care. Some people receive insurance from their employers, other... Learn More

How to use your health insuranceEvery health insurance plan is different, so it’s important to check your insurance plan to see what services it covers. You would look up your mental health benefits the same way you find your... Learn More

Set up a psychiatric advance directive (PAD)A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document completed in a time of wellness that provides instructions regarding treatment or services one wishes to have or not have during a mental health crisis... Learn More

How to keep a mental health journalCoping with a mental health condition can be difficult, but journaling may help. Journaling can help you deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Additionally, you can use your journal to help you... Learn More

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy developed in the 1980s by Marsha Linehan. DBT provides clients with tools to manage painful emotions and reduce conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on... Learn More

My loved one doesn’t want to take medsYour loved one is struggling with a mental health issue. You’re pretty sure medication can help them feel better, but they won’t take it. What can you do? Remember it’s their decision Keep in... Learn More

I can’t afford therapy!Therapy can be life-changing. It can give you a safe space to work through mental health struggles and provide you with the skills to cope. It can help you heal from pains in your... Learn More