Mental Health Hub


The GOALS of the MHH are to:

  1. Educate ERT Members about various mental health conditions, symptoms, and signs they may encounter in themselves or in other Members during their service year.

  2. Provide resources from diverse perspectives that support positive Member mental health habits for themselves and others.

  3. Promote an organizational culture of care and concern around mental health challenges, positive health choices, intersectionality, and intentional conversations.

 

All “Submit / Request a Resource” buttons link to the same form.

NOTE: The information provided on this page are resources for educational and informational purposes only and should not take the place of engaging in a professional relationship with a licensed mental health practitioner.


National Eating Disorders Center Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Trans Lifeline
1-877-565-8860
The Trevor Project
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)
Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741

Member Support

This list of resources highlights the challenges that ERT Members are more likely to encounter in themselves or others during their service year. This list is by no means exhaustive!

General

15 Creative Ways to Track Your Mental Health | The Mighty
50 Ways to Take a Break | Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit
81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist | Greatist
101 Self-Care Suggestions for When It All Feels Like Too Much | The Mighty
Are You Confusing Healthy Escapes With Avoidant Behavior? | The Focus on You
Here Are All the Weekly Challenges for 52 Small Things | The Mighty
Here's How Your Sleep Schedule May Be Making Your Mental Health Worse, and What You Can Do | The Mighty
How Debt Affects Your Mental Health | Healthline
How to Set Boundaries to Protect Your Mental Health | The Mighty
How To Support A Loved One Who's Trying To Be Healthier | Huff Post
Nature and mental health | Mind
Offering help: Be there for a friend or family member | Active Minds
Slow Living 101: What Is Slow Living? | Sloww
There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health | Sangu Delle | TEDLagos
When someone close to you struggles with their mental health… | Annie Wright Psychotherapy
Why You Should Never Hesitate to Take a Mental Health Day | Healthline
V-A-R: Validate, Appreciate, Refer | Active Minds
Your Well-Being Toolkit | Center for Healthy Minds

Identity-specific

7 Tips for Latinos to Start a Mental Health Journey | Salud America
Asian-American Students and Mental Health | Mental Health and Wellness Radio
Building A Healthy Relationship With My Mental Health: Inner Convos | Black Girl In Om
Black Girls Don't Get to Be Depressed | Cosmopolitan
Find a Provider | GLMA
How to Find a Therapist with a Similar Cultural Background | TalkSpace
LGBT+ mental health | Rethink Mental Illness
LGBTIQ+ mental health | Mind
People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project | Dior Vargas
Resource Guide | Hyphen Magazine: Asian American Unabridged
The Best Places On The Internet For People Of Color To Talk About Therapy | Huff Post
Therapist Directory | Therapy for Black Girls
What's the Big Deal? Therapy for Women of Color | My Brown Box

Mental Health First Aid Action Plan

A | Assess for risk of suicide
L | Listen non-judgmentally
G | Give reassurance and information
E | Encourage appropriate professional help
E | Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Topic-specific

Anxiety and Stress
5 Healing Practices To Reduce Daily Stress And Ease Anxiety | The Mindfulness Journal
5 Signs of Acute Stress Disorder | TalkSpace
Headline Stress Disorder: When Breaking News Is Bad for Your Health | Healthline
How to Handle Someone Else’s Anxiety or Panic Attacks | Medium
How To Make Stress Your Friend | Kelly McGonigal | TEDGlobal2013
Self-Care In a World of Anxiety & Chronic Stress | The Mindfulness Journal
The Difference Between A Disorder And A Feeling | NAMI blog
The Good Stress: How Eustress Helps You Grow | TalkSpace

Depression
13 Symptoms of Depression We Never Talk About | Blurt
21 Questions to Ask When Your Partner Is Depressed | Healthline
Dealing With Depression: What You Need to Know | TalkSpace
Don’t suffer from your depression in silence | Nikki Webber Allen | TED Residency
How To Recognize Burnout vs. Depression | The Focus on You
What is depression? | Helen M Farrell | TED-Ed
What to Say to a Friend With Depression When You’re at a Loss for Words | The Mighty
What to Say When Someone Is Depressed | Verywell Mind

Domestic Violence

Self-harm
Cutting and Self-Harm | HelpGuide
Self-Harm | Mind
Self-Harm | NAMI
Self-Harm | RAINN
Self-Injury Help, Self-Mutilation Help and Support | HealthyPlace
What is Self-Harm? | Psychology Today

Suicide
5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who's Suicidal—and What to Say Instead | The Mighty
10 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person | Speaking of Suicide
10 Things to Say to a Suicidal Person | Speaking of Suicide
10 Ways to Reach Out in a Mental Health Crisis | Healthline
Asking the Question - Suicide Prevention Video | Appalachian State University
Help Yourself | National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
How to Create a Suicide Safety Plan | Verywell Mind
Help Someone Else | National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
How to Talk About Suicide Sensitively | Happiful
Suicide prevention experts: What you say (and don't say) could save a person's life | USA Today
When a Friend Is Feeling Suicidal | Verywell Mind

Therapy
7 Questions Your Therapist Will Probably Ask During Your First Session | Huff Post
Finding Help | Mental Health America
How To Find The Right Therapist For You | Huff Post
The Right Way To Tell Someone You Love They Should Try Therapy | Huff Post
What Is a Mental Health Counselor? | TalkSpace
What Is a Therapist and How do They Help us? – The Complete Guide | TalkSpace

Trauma
13 Little Ways You Can Help Someone Who Has Experienced Trauma | Huff Post
The transformative power of trauma | Counseling Today

 

disaster & First Responder-Specific

INTERSECTIONalities that influence
Response, Recovery & Disaster mental health

While disasters themselves don't discriminate, human-constructed systems in place before and after them do. Here is a sampling of resources that explain how people of diverse identities face compounded disadvantages after disasters. Some are in response to specific events and locations, but institutionalized racism, sexism, and classism are nationwide and will play a role in any deployment you find yourself on.

5 Reasons Why Natural Disasters Screw Over People of Color | Everyday Feminism
A Long Road Home: The systems in place to provide aid after natural disasters often fail those who need help the most | The Atlantic
After Natural Disasters, Whites Accumulate Wealth While People of Color Lose It | Colorlines
Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities — Let’s Talk About This Hot Mess. | ProPublica
Gentrification: Climate Change's Latest Threat | Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine
How Federal Disaster Money Favors The Rich | NPR
It's Time for a Narrative Shift in Post-Disaster Journalism | Colorlines
Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap | American Association for the Advancement of Science
Race and Class Are the Biggest Issues Around Hurricane Harvey and We Need to Start Talking About Them | The Root
Racism Defined | Dismantling Racism Works
Three Reasons Why It Can Be Harder for Black Women To Get Mental Health Treatment | Medium
Women Are More At Risk From Disasters Like Hurricane Harvey | Newsweek

 

Courses & training

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling | Our mission is to advocate for the voice, equity, and inclusion of LGBTGEQIAP+ persons within the counseling profession and beyond.

Disaster Information Specialist Webinars | NIH - NLM Disaster Information Specialist webinars are open to all and can be attended in person in our offices, online, or by telephone.

DTAC Webinars and Podcasts | SAMHSA - DTAC offers webinars and podcasts that address mental health and substance use (behavioral health) responses to disasters.

ICISF Academy of Crisis Intervention | ICISF - Academy of Crisis Intervention aims to promote and maintain standards of training in the specific field of crisis intervention and is in the forefront of delivering quality Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training.

National Center for Child Traumatic Stress - the NCTSN offers both online and in-person training on a range of topics, from general trauma education, to assessment and intervention techniques, to Breakthrough Series Collaboratives focused on systems change.

Online DTAC Training Courses | SAMHSA - the free online trainings are designed to help participants improve their awareness and understanding of the behavioral health effects of disasters and disaster and emergency response.

Training Courses for the Disaster Information Specialist Program - This page is a collection of resources on free training and education for professionals interested in identifying, using, and sharing disaster health information.

Understanding Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction: Tips for Disaster Responders | SAMHSA - can help disaster responders learn about the positive and negative effects of helping disaster survivors.

 

Meditation & mindfulness


Ready to try some deep breathing?

Use the video below to visually guide you through a simple deep breathing pattern.

 


Social Media inspiration

Facebook

Anxiety Wellbeing Community: @anxiety_wellbeing
Be Conscious. Be Kind. @beconsiousbekind
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion: @CenterForMSC
Healthline: Mental Health Awareness: @HealthlineMentalHealthAwareness
Lisa Olivera Therapy, LMFT #106546: @lisaoliveratherapy
Mental Health Crisis Response Institute
Mindful.org: @mindfulorg
Revelatori: @revelatori
Talkspace: @talkspacetherapy
The Greater Good Science Center: @greatergoodmag
The Fabulous: @thefabulous.co
The On Being Project: @OnBeing

Instagram

Anxiety Wellbeing Coach: @anxiety_wellbeing
Be Conscious. Be Kind.: @beconscious.bekind
Emily McDowell: @emilyonlife
The Fabulous-Self Care: @thefabstory
Lisa Olivia: @lisaoliveratherapy
Mindbliss Meditation: @mindblissapp
Mindful Magazine: @mindfulmagazine
More Love Letters: @moreloveletters
Talkspace: @talkspace
The On Being Project: @onbeing
The Forem: @theforem.co
Tori Press: @revelatori

Twitter

Greater Good: @GreaterGoodSC
Mindful: @MindfulOnline
talkspace: @talkspace
The Fabulous: @GetTheFabulous
The On Being Project: @onbeing

 

associations & Organizations

General

Active Minds: activeminds.org
American Psychological Association (APA): apa.org
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: bbrfoundation.org
Mental Health First Aid USA: mentalhealthfirstaid.org
Missouri Department of Mental Health: dmh.mo.gov
MentalHealth.gov: mentalhealth.gov
Mental Health America: mentalhealthamerica.net
Mind: mind.org.uk
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): nami.org
National Council for Behavioral Health: thenationalcouncil.org
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
Rethink Mental Illness: rethink.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): samhsa.gov 
World Health Organization: who.int

topic-specific

Al-Anon/Alateen: al-anon.org
Alcoholics Anonymous: aa.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): adaa.org 
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling | algbtic.org
Association of Black Psychologists: abpsi.org
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists | atss.info
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: beam.community
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: dbsalliance.org
Eating Disorders Anonymous: eatingdisordersanonymous.org
Freedom From Fear: freedomfromfear.org
Institute of Islamic Counselling And Well Being | islamiccounselling.info/home
Institute for Muslim Mental Health | muslimmentalhealth.com/mmh/
International Critical Incident Stress Foundcation, Inc. | icisf.org
International ODC Foundation: iocdf.org
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies | istss.org
LGBT National Help Center: glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
Nar-Anon Family Groups: nar-anon.org
Narcotics Anonymous: na.org
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: anad.org
National Center for PTSD | ptsd.va.gov
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: ncaddms.org
National Eating Disorders Association: nationaleatingdisorders.org
National Empowerment Center: power2u.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: niaaa.nih.gov
National Institute on Drug Abuse: drugabuse.gov
National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network: nqttcn.com
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Overeaters Anonymous: oa.org
S.A.F.E. Alternatives: selfinjury.com
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America: sardaa.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: sprc.org

blogs

Blurt - a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression.

NAMI Blogs - resources for people who are interested in mental health. We feature the latest research, stories of recovery, ways to end stigma and strategies for living well.

Redefine Enough - a community of women of color devoted to wellness and wholeness, and creating content that educates, inspires, and liberates women to redefine "enough."

TalkSpace - this free blog is hosted by the popular online therapy service.

The Focus On You - Self-care, mental health and inspirational articles written by a Latina Therapist.

The Mental Elf - evidence-based blogs on current mental health research and guidance. Posts are written by an expert team of mental health academics and practioners.

Therapy for Black Girls - an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford developed space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

Podcasts

AFFIRM - the podcast for women of color who affirm their worth, value mental health, and seek wholeness.

Into the Fold: Issues in Mental Health | Hogg Foundation for Mental Health - this monthly podcast captures the human implications of mental health and related issues, bringing you conversations with mental health advocates, researchers, consumers, officials, and others who carry the torch on behalf of mental health and wellness in Texas and beyond.

Resiliency In Disaster Behavioral Health | SAMHSA - Listen to a discussion of specific behavioral health interventions across the stages of disaster response that also focus on the needs of specific populations.

Therapy for Black Girls - an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford developed space to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant.

10 podcasts about mental health | The Lily
14 Top (Binge-Worthy) Podcasts About Mental Health | Chronic Illness Warrior Life
Best Mental Health podcasts | Player.fm
Psychology, Therapy, and Mental Health Podcasts | GoodTherapy