Mental Health Resource Guide

Amanda Gelender 🔮
3 min readMay 24, 2021

A compilation of recommended resources for mental health crises & more

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General Resources for Support with Mental Health, Depression, and Suicide

A note for people experiencing crisis outside of the US: If you reach out to a hotline/crisis line and ask for international resources, they can usually give them to you

Befrienders Worldwide

Lists all the known hotlines in every country (a resource particularly relevant for individuals living outside of the US)

Crisis Text Line

Text support through mental health crises. Text “Start” to 741–741. 24 hours a day, confidential.

National Suicide Prevention Line

1–800–273-TALK, 24 hours a day

San Francisco Peer-Run Warm-line

Warm-lines are call lines that provide support before the point of crisis, to connect with someone and talk. This warm-line is 100% staffed by people with lived experience of mental health challenges. They also provide support over chat. 7am-11pmPST, 7 days a week. 1–855–845–7415.

Trans Lifeline

Hotline by and for transgender folks. US: (877) 565–8860 Canada: (877) 330–6366


This is a comprehensive resource page full of online and text-based support through mental health crisis. Friends of people going through challenges can also contact any of the listed resources, too.

Warmlines are peer-run listening lines staffed by people in recovery themselves. Find a warm-line across the US here

List of hotlines & mental health resources across the US

Community Support for Mental Health and Wellness

Hearing Voices Network

Support network for people who hear voices

Fireweed Collective

Publishes resources, offers webinars and peer mental health support both online and in local meetings across the US. Has an active Facebook group for peer support.

No More Martyrs

Awareness campaign and mental health community support organization for Black women and girls

Open Sourcing Mental Illness

Organization transforming the way the tech sector talks about mental health. Includes tech worker-specific mental health resources and a forum for peer support.

QTPOC Mental Health/Rest for Resistance

A community mental health support and resource organization for queer and trans people of color. Has an active Facebook presence.


A repository of self-care resources for developers and others

Finding a Therapist

Tools to Support Yourself and Others through Crisis, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts

9 Best Ways to Support Someone During Depression, Psych Central

Navigating Crisis, Fireweed Collective

Tips on getting through mental health crises that you or someone you know is experiencing.

FAQ on Preventing Suicide, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Guide to “Emotional CPR”

Strategies for supporting people through mental health crises

Suicide Safety Plan

Fill out your contact information on this site to access a suicide safety plan. This plan is the basics of laying out what people can do and who they can reach out to when suicidal thoughts emerge.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP Plan)

This goes through the basics of creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) where people think through the daily things they need for wellness, triggers that could lead to challenging situations, early warning signs, and what they want from others when their mental health starts to break down and get worse. WRAP incorporates both crisis planning and more broad mental health recovery planning.

Workplace Mental Wellness

Resources on navigating workplace accommodations and building wellness into org culture.

Employee Rights and Accommodations

Succeeding at Work, National Alliance of Mental Illness

Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

When You Need to Take Time Off Work for Mental Health Reasons, Barbara Ricci, Harvard Business Review

Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

For Individuals and Org Leaders

Rituals At Work: 10 Simple Workplace Wellness Practices to Spark Your (Inner & Outer) Success by Courtney Cobbs

How to Build Inclusive Culture by Nicole Sanchez

Managing teams in times of political trauma — what to do, what to say to boost psychological safety by Michelle Kim

How We Rewrote Our Company’s Mental Health Policy, Kelsey Meyer, Harvard Business Review

Business Leadership in Times of Violence by Nicole Sanchez



Amanda Gelender 🔮

🪐 Jewish queer anti-zionist 🇵🇸 TV/film, abolition, plant medicine 🍄 Writer | Poet 🌙