Resources for Support: If you are in mental health distress, use these resources for immediate support
Phone Hotlines (24|7 Support)
*This resource is divested from the police
BlackLine provides a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to folxs who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black femme lens.
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based network that provides confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Lifeline operates 24/7 with phone and text capability.
The Trevor Project
or text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Hotline
For individuals and families facing mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline
*The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10am - 10pm ET.
The NAMI HelpLine is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. HelpLine staff and volunteers are experienced, well-trained and able to provide guidance.
Alternatives to Calling the Police
An online directory of local resources available as alternatives to contacting law enforcement.
MusiCares may grant short-term financial assistance for personal or addiction needs that have arisen due to unforeseen circumstances to those within the music community. Funding may be awarded for needs such as rent, car payments, insurance premiums, utilities, medical/dental expenses, psychotherapy, addiction treatment, sober living, and other personal expenses.
*Serves Atlanta & Fulton County
The PAD Initiative was born out of the work and vision of Atlantans directly impacted by policing and incarceration and committed to a new approach to community safety and wellness. They work to reduce arrest and incarceration of people experiencing extreme poverty, problematic substance use, or mental health concerns, and increase the accessibility of supportive services in Atlanta and Fulton County.
Mobile Crisis Units
Mobile Crisis or Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams are a mental health service which support the community by providing immediate response emergency mental health evaluations and crises services in the United States.
In many areas, they offer an alternative to calling 911 or the police. Please note: Some mobile crisis units may also inform the police.
Resources for Formerly Incarcerated People
REBUILD connects formerly incarcerated individuals of color to therapists of color.
Resources for your Mental Health Journey
Receiving a new mental health diagnosis can be a difficult process. There are information and tools that can help along this journey.
Steps to Consider after Receiving a Mental Health Diagnosis
Sit with the Information You Have Received
Receiving a diagnosis can bring up a lot of feelings. Allow yourself to process these feelings and try to talk with your therapist or trusted friends about them.
Organize, Advocate for Yourself & Gather Your Questions
Questions for your therapist: What does the diagnosis mean? What are my treatment options? If you are not satisfied, consider a second opinion. Racial, gender identity, and sexual orientation bias in care is real. Remember, this is your care and you have a right to feel good about it.
Unite Your Community & Wellness System
Identify people who are capable and willing to support you in your healing journey (friends, faith leaders, relatives). Build your wellness toolkit by making your health appointments, getting medications (if needed), as well as finding or naming practices that sustain you, like faith, art, hobbies, etc.
Live in Your Truth, One Day at a Time
You choose the relationship that you have with your diagnosis. It will be an ongoing journey. Your diagnosis can help you, but it does not define you. Stay engaged in your care and honor your progress.
Medication + Treatment Information
Explore these great articles about therapy and medication treatment from our community partners.
Mental Health America
How Does Therapy Work? What to Expect?
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
All About Mental Health Medications
Mental Health America
I Don’t Want to Take Medication!
National Empowerment Center
Reclaiming your Power during Medication Appointments with your Psychiatrist