Mental Health Resource Guide

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If you or a loved one are struggling with mental illness, you are not alone. The Library is here to help.

The resources listed in this guide will direct you to free, reputable information available online. For further research, ask a librarian about relevant resources in our print collection and our cardholder-exclusive databases.

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 for support.
Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential support via text message 24/7 to those in crisis situations.

MedlinePlus: Mental Health
Produced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (the world’s largest medical library), this site is the most reliable online source for current health information. No advertising or endorsements, just excellent coverage of 1000+ diseases and conditions. Check out their Medical Encyclopedia, research drugs and supplements, locate a provider, and find information in multiple languages.
A project of the Department of Health & Human Services, this site is the one-stop shop for mental health resources from the U.S. government. Compiles information from organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), MedlinePlus, and more.

Mental Health America
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 Americans. For screening, information on mental health, getting help, and taking action.​

Mental Health First Aid
A national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use. Use their online tool to locate a Mental Health First Aid Course nearby.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI HelpLine: 800-950-NAMI or Text 741741 to NAMI if you are in crisis.

With over 500 local affiliates, NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots organization committed to mental health. Find discussion groups, personal stories, and explore their Fact Sheets for clear concise information on mental health conditions and treatment options.

For in-depth coverage of crisis warning signs, what to do and how to take care of yourself, see “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis” – includes a 33-page downloadable guide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 response: Call 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you love is in distress.

PerformCare - NJ Children's System of Care
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-877-652-7624

PerformCare is a full-service behavioral health managed care organization, serving as the single point of access to a wide array of behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability services as well as substance use treatment for youth and families throughout New Jersey.

SAMHSA Helpline
Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is a free, confidential information service that provides treatment and support referrals 24/7 to people facing mental illness and addictions.

The Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 for support.

The Trevor Project provides free, confidential support 24/7 to LGBTQ youth via a helpline, text and online instant messaging system.

Veterans Crisis Line
24/7 response: Call 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) – for veterans, all service members, National Guard, Reserve, and family/friends.