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Provides a general overview of mental health information for those experiencing a mental health challenge and their support systems. Some resource categories include mental health conditions, state and national organizations, and mental health policy.

 What is Mental Health?

Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A guide to mental health and substance use disorder services. English Spanish

I’m So Stressed Out English Spanish


Mayo Clinic mayoclinic.org: Resources for learning about specific signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and conditions.

Mental Health America mhanational.org/get-information: Resource for everything mental health-related. Mental health facts, conditions, policy, webinars and more.

MHA of Illinois mhai.org/

National Institute of Mental Health nimh.nih.gov/: Another site with many resources/information re: mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness-IL  namiillinois.org/

SAMHSA samhsa.gov/ 

National Council for Mental Wellbeing thenationalcouncil.org/

Mental Health First Aid - mentalhealthfirstaid.org/

Anxiety and Depression Association of America - adaa.org/

International OCD Foundation - iocdf.org/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.htm

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health - ilabh.org/

National Institute of Mental Health - www.nimh.nih.gov/

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation - bbrfoundation.org/

Mental Health America: Mental Health Screening Tools 

A series of more than 12 self-administered online mental health screening tools. These tools may provide individuals with more information on any potential mental health challenges so they can share this with a primary care provider or other appropriate professional help.

Illinois Department of Human Services

A web page with multiple tabs for finding different levels of mental health support, from crisis/emergency services to non-crisis outpatient counseling. Multiple “look up” features for finding mental health providers and locations.

Illinois Department of Human Services dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=32490

A page listing different types of mental health assessments, talk therapies, psychotropic medications, and much more. Provides a definition and description of each form of professional help, plus how to seek these types of help.


A page where resources can be searched by zip code. Find free or reduced-cost resources like food, housing, financial assistance, health care, etc.

Illinois Helpline helplineil.org/app/home

For those struggling with substance use and anyone who wants to support them or help find appropriate professional help. Can chat, call, or text. Call 888.234.6343 or Text 833234.


The Trevor Project thetrevorproject.org/get-help/

Supports and resources for the LGBTQIA+ community and anyone who wants to support them.


Support International postpartum.net/

Supports and information for pregnant or post-pregnant women and anyone who wants to support them. Specific information on mental health challenges one may experience during or after pregnancy and seeking professional supports.


This series of fact sheets, developed by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network, is designed to help mental health professionals and school mental health personnel support patients, students, and families who may be experiencing grief at any time. 

Grief Fact Sheet: Defining Grief

Grief Fact Sheet: Responses to Grief Across the Lifespan

Grief Fact Sheet: Prevention Strategies and Protective Factors

Grief Fact Sheet: Cultural Responsiveness

Grief Fact Sheet: Evidence-Based Treatments for Grief

Professional, Self-Help, and Other

Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A guide to mental health and substance use disorder services. English Spanish

I’m So Stressed Out English Spanish

My Mental Health: Do I Need Help? nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/my-mental-health-do-i-need-help

A one-page tip sheet to help examine how much potential signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge impact one’s daily life, then when and how to seek help.

National Institutes of Health: Emotional Wellness Toolkit nih.gov/health-information/emotional-wellness-toolkit

A two-page tip sheet listing some emotional wellness goals and steps to improving one’s emotional wellness.

My Mental Health. Do I need help? English Spanish

NIH Emotional Wellness Check 2022 English Spanish

NTTAC Wellneww Journal

Crisis & Suicide Prevention




Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives, and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialized mental health training programs and resources that empower students, parents, schools, and communities with the skills needed to help youth build lives of resiliency.


When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is unacceptable. Research shows that this can stop bullying behavior over time. Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.


American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Excellence on Social Media and Youth Mental Health

Web page dedicated to creating a healthy digital ecosystem for children and adolescents. Social media use starts during childhood and can play a significant role in the relationships and experiences that impact children's and teens’ growth, development, and mental health. The Center’s work is guided by pediatricians and experts in youth development and media. They have collaborative conversations with youth, families, and community representatives with lived experience to help inform and shape their work.

The JED Foundation

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.

Letters to Strangers

Letters to Strangers (L2S) is the largest global youth-run nonprofit seeking to destigmatize mental illness and increase access to affordable, quality treatment, particularly for youth.


Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for LGBTQIA2S+ Youth: A Resource Guide for Professionals, Families, and Communities

Developed with input and review from LGBTQIA2S+ individuals and those having experienced suicidal thoughts and behaviors, this resource guide is intended to serve as a novel resource for families, communities, and professionals who interact with LGBTQIA2S+ youth (ages 10 to 24).

Protecting Youth Mental Health (U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory)

This 2021 Advisory offers recommendations for supporting the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Social Media and Youth Mental Health (U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory)

This 2023 Advisory explores and describes the current evidence on social media's positive and negative impacts on children and adolescents, some of the primary areas for mental health and well-being concerns, and opportunities for additional research to help understand the full scope and scale of social media’s impact.

Teen Depression: More Thank Just Moodiness - English Spanish

Being a teenager can be tough, but it shouldn’t feel hopeless. If you have been feeling sad most of the time for a few weeks or longer and you’re not able to concentrate or do the things you used to enjoy, talk to a trusted adult about depression.

YPRC Self-Care Cheat Sheet

Tip sheet for youth on how to engage in various forms of self-care.

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