Getting Immediate Help
The links below can connect people with mental health needs, or their loved ones or caregivers, with services and other resources:
- NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness — NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Eastern). Call 1-800-950-6264 or email email@example.com.
- The Steve Fund — The Steve Fund is dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. Text STEVE to 741741 for a culturally-trained Crisis Text Line counselor.
- Trevor Project — The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ young people. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 anytime.
- AFSP, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — Support for individuals dealing with thoughts of self-harm, people who are worried about someone else, people who have lost someone, and survivors.
- NYC Well – For New Yorkers: Talk, text or chat with a mental health counselor. It’s free and confidential. Their website also contains a mental wellness app library and lists additional services you can use.
- New York State Project Hope – Anyone experiencing mental or emotional distress related to the pandemic can call 1-844-863-9314 between 8:00AM and 10:00PM, 7 days a week.
Additional information for addressing mental health challenges from the McSilver Institute, our partners, and other leading organizations:
- From the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in partnership with NYU McSilver, Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide (Podcast)
- Report by the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide
- From NYU McSilver, Resources for Coping with and Understanding the Impact of Trauma, Stress and COVID-19
- From the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in partnership with NYU McSilver, Fact Sheet on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health (PDF)
- From the Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in partnership with NYU McSilver, Fact Sheet on effects of COVID-19 on Child Mental Health (PDF)