The American Mental Health Foundation receives a number of calls from individuals in emotional distress. As a research organization, AMHF does not provide services or specific recommendations.

Yet, wanting to help, as part of the AMHF mission, the foundation long planned an elaborate listing of state-resource centers, to which any inquiring individual—whether a family member or someone in immediate need—could be referred.

However, such a compilation of links and phone numbers has proved impractical. Many of the telephone numbers listed on the Internet change and are out of date almost on a daily basis. Some links no longer work (if they ever did).

If you are in a mental-health crisis, we direct you to call 911 or go straight to your local hospital-emergency room.

Although AMHF does not endorse any of the following online resources, each may be of help.

For emotional help related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) 2020 pandemic, there is this CDC Service as well as these Helpline and Hotline phone numbers: 1-800-985-5990 and 1-844-863-9314.

To find help through government offices in your county click here.

For veterans, contact Veterans Crisis Line, also 800-273-8255.

Especially for young people, although (to repeat) AMHF does not endorse any action in an emotional crisis beyond speaking with a trusted and responsible adult, your doctor, or dialing 911, Crisis Text Line has come to our attention.

(For younger individuals seeking to get involved in the social dimensions of individuals’ emotional distress, DoSomething may be a guide and resource.)

For issues involving cyberbullying, click here.

For many general issues relating to mental health, there is HealthFinder.

For substance abuse, there is Addiction Resource. For elders, click here.

Click here and here as well as here and here (this also regarding problems of sleep) for issues involving the autism spectrum; here for issues specifically surrounding sensory overload for a variety of information-and-support networks.

In New York City: Thrive NYC. Can also call: 1-888 NYCWell (1-888-692-9355); text “WELL” to 65173; English 1-888-692-9355; Spanish 1-888-692-9355, press 3; Mandarin or Cantonese 1-888-692-9355, press 4.

Some information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) from Regis College: click here.

Serious loss of memory or other signs of demented behavior in a middle-aged or elder loved one or friend? The Alzheimer’s Association has a Web site and phone number plus this link to contact political representatives; and there is the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Special-needs and elders legal services click here

Seniors’ substance-abuse recovery click here.

Looking for a therapist? Psychology Today has a reliable way to search. Click here.