If you or someone you know needs immediate help in the U.S., call any of the lines for hope below to talk to someone in your local area. They can listen to you and direct you to local resources if further assistance is needed. If someone has talked to you about suicide, and you believe they are currently a threat to themselves or someone else but won’t take your help, call 911.
You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor from crisistextline.org.
IASP International Association for Suicide Prevention
Inspire iFred’s Anxiety and Depression Support Community
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Institute of Mental Health
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Children’s Mental Health Network
American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology Find a Psychopharmacologist (doctor who specializes in medication)
If a friend or relative is suicidal visit:
Find a Therapist: Psychology Today’s therapist finder.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Policy: Crisis Centers Best Practices
If you are located in a participating Hopeful City, you can find city-specific resources on your city’s landing page:
Having a support system is an important part of feeling good. It benefits a person on all levels, and studies have shown that people with support systems live longer. Trust and open communication are key components in the healing process.
How do I find a support group in my community?
Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can help towards overcoming depression. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
Join the iFred Online Support Group: An online support group can be very helpful in managing depression. It allows you to share your stories with others and get support even when you can’t get out of bed. iFred has partnered with an online depression and anxiety support group, Inspire. You can make friends through this group and potentially find or start a local in person support group.
Your local Mental Health Association: This is an excellent resource to assist you in finding support groups in your area.
The American Self-Help Clearinghouse: Receive a group support referral.
National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse: Maintains a listing of support groups on a broad range of mental health topics. It also maintains a Directory of Consumer-Driven Services, which includes peer-run organizations throughout the United States that offer a variety of supportive services and activities.
Specialized support group resources include:
If you need further assistance on mental health issues or referrals, please contact the Mental Health America Resource Center at 1-800-969-6642.