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
(Click the resource title to access more information.)
Provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions.
Provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups.
Provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums.
Provides information on dissociation and dissociative disorders, offers treatment referrals, support, and discussion groups.
Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of question about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health.
Provides information on OCD and treatment referrals
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.
Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders.
Provides up-to-date, reliable and evidence-based information about eating disorders
A community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems (Trigger Warning)
Provides information on Paranoia and delusional disorders, and offers treatment
Provides up-to-date, reliable and evidence-based information about schizophrenia
Helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals.
An educational resource featuring helpful articles, blog posts, and resource pages to increase understanding and awareness of the many mental health disorders. This includes valuable information on mental health support, co-occurring disorders and addiction treatment options.
Offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD.
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 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.
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 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.
A free app initially designed for veterans who have PTSD, provides education on PTSD, information about professional care, a PTSD self-assessment, and offers other tools for managing PTSD such as relaxation skills and anger management techniques.
Click here for more information.
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 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.
SuperBetter is a free app that symptom tracks, has self-monitoring tools, includes psychoeducation & information, and gratitude checks. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
AddictionResource.net provides addiction hotlines that are medically reviewed. In addition, the hotlines are confidential, free, and are available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. This resource page also provides community-specific hotlines for veterans, the LGBTQ community, sexual assault victims, and domestic violence.
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.
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.
Text HOME to 741741
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.
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522, or call 1-866-331-9474 to talk with a peer advocate to prevent and end abusive relationships.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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).
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).