Ask for Mental Health Assistance

Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK or (800) 273-8255.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

“The acceptance and appreciation for the beauty of your own existence is just on the other side of your struggle, keep fighting.”
“Even when you’re lost in the dark you’ll always be a colorful mind”

Suicide Prevention

  • Crisis Text Line
    Crisis Text Line is a crisis-intervention hotline that conducts conversations exclusively by text message. Trained crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day.

  • Direct Online and Phone Support Services for LGBTQ Youth 
    This web page provides online and phone support services for LGBTQ youth and their caregivers.

  • Mental Health - Warm Lines 
    Warmlines are confidential, peer-run listening lines staffed by people who have experienced mental health conditions themselves.

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
     Staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis may not be the safest option for intimate partner violence survivors. This web page provides suggestions to make survivors feel safer during this uncertain time.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
     The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

  • The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline is a confidential service that connects callers with local sexual assault service providers.

  • Trans Lifeline
    The Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer-support service for trans and questioning individuals in crisis. All operators are trans-identified.

  • TrevorChat
    A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors, open daily from 3–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT.

  • Trevor Lifeline 
    The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people under 25, available at 1-866-488-7386.

  • ULifelineSuicide
     ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center that provides college students with information about emotional health.

Self-Help and Recovery

    A website that will help you along your journey of becoming the best version of yourself filled with personal development toolkits
  • CrisisNOW 
    CrisisNOW provides a roadmap to safe, effective crisis care. Their goal is to keep people out of emergency rooms or jails by providing targeted services for people in distress.

Resources for People of Color


  • Chefs for America - Food Location
    This interactive map allows you to find free meal options in U.S. cities and districts.

  • Feeding America - Local Foodbank
    The Feeding America national network of food banks collects and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year throughout the United States. Find your local food bank to learn more about food and meal programs.

  • Project bread
    Project Bread prevents hunger by making it easier for everyone in Massachusetts to access and afford food with dignity.


  • Freelance Artist Resource List
    Here’s a list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for freelance artists and those interested in supporting the artist community.

  • Artists for Humanity
    A place where teens are employed to explore and express their creative abilities.

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Fight Stigma and Support Mental Health

Despite all of the advances made in understanding depression and other mental illnesses, these conditions are still stigmatized. The negative perception of mental illness probably comes from people not understanding mental illness or what it means to struggle with a mental illness. Mental illness stigma can lead to feelings of shame and self-consciousness. It can negatively impact help-seeking as well as early detection and prevention. Standing up to mental health stigma is an important way to support your own mental health and give a voice to those who are suffering in silence.

Ways To Fight Stigma and Support Mental Health:

Gain perspective. When thinking about the role depression plays in someone else’s life or in your own life, here are some statements to share/take to heart:
- Depression is something you have. It does not define you.
- You are much more than your diagnosis. Your personality, talents, skills, and compassion are your defining traits—not your depression.
- Like diabetes or cancer, depression is a physical illness that needs to be carefully treated. Just as a diabetic should take daily steps to monitor and control blood sugar levels, you should take action to monitor and control your symptoms of depression.

Share positive messages about mental health. Use social media or another approach to openly discuss mental health, to show your support for others who do so, and to share validated information about mental illness and treatment.

Educate yourself and others about mental health. Education can reduce stigma and improve the environment surrounding mental illness. Education is the most powerful tool you can use to counter any shame you may feel about your mental illness and to make sure others know what mental illness is (and isn’t).

Be conscious of your language. Words matter. Avoid using hurtful words and labels such as “nuts,” “crazy,” or “strange” when talking about yourself or someone else with a mental illness. Use respectful language when talking about mental health. Instead of “the mentally ill,” use “people with a mental illness,” and instead of “committed suicide,” use “died by suicide.” Let someone know if you hear them using harmful language.

Recognize someone’s identity outside of their illness. Viewing someone as their diagnosis reduces the complexity of their experience; their diagnosis is not the defining factor of their identity.

Support local and national mental health organizations and crisis centers. Volunteer or donate to organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to support this life-saving work. Join one of many groups online and in person that advocate for people with mental illness.

Speak up. If you suspect that someone may be in a crisis or is struggling with their mental health, send messages of support and assist them in getting the help they need. There are even ways to help if you see someone post a status on social media that shows signs of self-harm. Reach out to them or someone who knows them, or report it to the social media site.

Be a mental health advocate. You may decide to start or sign a petition, write to your elected representatives, start a mental health blog, or spread mental health awareness in some other way. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) can provide ideas and support for advocacy initiatives.

Alonso, J., Buron, A., Bruffaerts, R., He, Y., Posada‐Villa, J., Lepine, J. P., ... & Mneimneh, Z. N. (2008). Association of perceived stigma and mood and anxiety disorders: results from the World Mental Health Surveys. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 118(4), 305-314.
Schnyder, N., Panczak, R., Groth, N., & Schultze-Lutter, F. (2017). Association between mental health-related stigma and active help-seeking: systematic review and meta-analysis. The British Journal of Psychiatry, bjp-bp.