There are ways to get help.

Illini Hillel has compiled this list of resources to help students who have a mental illnesses, are struggling emotionally, or have concerns about their mental health. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.

Mental Health Online Resources

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.

Children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity

disorder (chaDd)

Provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups.

Depression and bipolar support alliance (dbsa)

Provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums.

Go ask ALICE!

Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of question about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. 

International OCD FOUNDATION

Provides information on OCD and treatment referrals

 

jed FOUNDATION

Promotes emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, this website provides an online resource center, ULifeline, a public dialogue forum, Half of Us, and Transition Year, resources and tools to help students transition to college.

 

Kelty Mental Health Resource Center

 Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders.

 

National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED)

Provides up-to-date, reliable and evidence-based information about eating disorders

 

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)

Provides up-to-date, reliable and evidence-based information about eating disorders

 

Sidran Institute

Helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals.

Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder (TARA)

Offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD.

APPS

Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is a free stress management tool that teaches users a skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax works by decreasing the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ stress response, making it a great option for people suffering from PTSD (iOS and Android).  Click here for more information. 

 

What’s Up 

What’s up is a free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. We particularly love the “Get Grounded” page, which contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page, which teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. (iOS and Android). Click here for more information. 

 

 

MindShift CBT - Anxiety 

Designed specifically for young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations. Click here for more information. 

 

notOK

notOk is a free suicide prevention app that features a large, red button that can be activated to let close friends, family and their support network know help is needed. Users can add up to five trusted contacts as part of their support group so when they hit the digital panic button, a message along with their current GPS location is sent to their contacts. The message reads: “Hey, I’m not OK! Please call, text, or come find me.” (iOS and Android). Click here for more information. 

 

Quit That!

A completely free app that helps users beat their habits or addictions. Whether you’re looking to stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking, or stop taking drugs, it’s the perfect recovery tool to track and monitor your progress. Track as many vices as you want and find out how many minutes, hours, days, weeks, or years it’s been since you quit. (iOS). 

Click here for more information. 

 

Rise Up & Recover

Rise Up + Recover is a great free app for anyone recovering from an eating disorder and wanting to develop a more positive body image. It not only allows you to track your meals and how you feel when you eat them, but you can also transcribe your progress into a PDF printout. Pull up the Rise + Recover app on your mobile when you feel the urge to binge or skip a meal, and need quick coping strategies. (iOS and Android). Click here for more information. 

TECH SERVICES 

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StrengthofUs.org

This website reflects the lived experience of mental health conditions, including research-based modules with hours of recording and analysis. 

Click here to launch site.

A text messaging system that provides an easy way to record how you’re feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional. 

Click here to launch site.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness. StrengthOfUs.org is an online community designed to inspire young adults impact by mental health issues to think positive, achieve goals, and stay strong.

Click here to launch site.

Help lines

(click each title to access more info.)

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. Join the campaign to take a stand against suicide.

 

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

 

Crisis Chat

Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in partnership with CONTACT USA. It is the first service of its kind where crisis centers across the United States have joined together to form one national chat network that can provide online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. Chat specialists are available to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.

GLBT National Help Center

The GLBT National Hotline provides telephone, online chat, and email peer-support. They speak with callers of all ages about bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, coming out, relationships, safer sex, and more. They also have a massive resource database for social and support groups, gay-friendly religious organizations, sports, leagues, student groups, and more. Call 1-888-843-4564.

List of International Suicide Hotlines

 

Love is Respect

Text “LOVEIS” to 22522, or call 1-866-331-9474 to talk with a peer advocate to prevent and end abusive relationships.

National Eating Disorder Association

Call 1-800-931-2237

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

The Trevor Project

A non-judgmental hotline with LGBT-sensitive trained counselors you can contact through a call, text, or chat during a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Available in the United States. 

  • Call 866-488-7386 (available 24/7)

  • Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 (Available Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET) 

  • Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s website. (Available 7 days a week, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT). 

Trans Lifeline

The Trans hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm. Call 877-565-8860 (Available 24/7).

Mental Health

resource institutes

The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health. Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking.

GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding

GSA Chapters, and tools

on how to establish or

reestablish a GSA.

Find resources for youth, including information on managing your mental health in college and making friends.

This website provides easy-to read guides and brochures to help better understand a variety of mental health disorders.

This is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. 

SAMHSA provides information on mental health services and treatment centers through a service locator.

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