May is mental health awareness month, and it’s time to create an open dialogue about all things mental health. This observance month was created to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, raise awareness of the resources that exist or need to exist, and celebrate recovery from mental illness.
This month serves as a reminder that mental health is an important part of overall health, and it is essential to seek help if needed. Here at New Pathways, we’re passionate about creating an environment of support and understanding for our youth struggling with mental health issues, while also providing resources to the caregivers and siblings in the household. We believe that everyone should have access to the resources and support they need, and we strive to provide a safe and supportive space for all of our youth, mentors and families. We hope that during this month and beyond, we can come together and work to end the stigma surrounding mental health.
Here is a list of free or almost free mental health resources that exist in Arizona and beyond.
- Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 to receive free, 24/7 crisis counseling and support in Arizona.
- Call 988 anytime, anywhere for 24/7/365 confidential support.
- Call or text 800-248-8336 (TEEN) for free, confidential support from Teen Lifeline.
- ASU Students: Call 480-921-1006 (EMPACT) or text HOME to the crisis textline at 741741.
- Visit Findhelpphx.Org to find specific resources related but not limited to: Domestic violence services, disability services, dental resources, substance abuse services, legal services and more.
- Call 1.800.631.1314 to connect with a mobile crisis team in Maricopa county. The mobile team meets with you, completes a mental health assessment, and works to provide a solution to the immediate situation. This team can also take you to a safe place, including emergency transportation to shelters, hospitals or substance use treatment centers.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI offers free educational resources, support groups, and mental health support for individuals and families in Arizona.
- Arizona Department of Health Services: The Arizona Department of Health Services offers a variety of mental health services and resources, such as a mental health helpline and crisis intervention teams.
- 2-1-1 Arizona: This local resource offers a wide range of mental health services and resources, from counseling and crisis intervention to referral services.
- Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers: The Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers provides access to behavioral health services for low-income individuals and families.
- Mental Health America of Arizona: Mental Health America of Arizona offers free mental health resources, support groups, and educational materials in Arizona.
Mental health is becoming more normalized, but we still have work to do. Continuing the conversation and changing the culture is critical.