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YAYA Mental/Emotional Health Resources

What Is Mental Health?*

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.


Get Immediate Help

      • People often don’t get the mental health services they need because they don’t know where to start.
      • Talk to your primary care doctor or another health professional about mental health problems. Ask them to connect you with the right mental health services.
      • If you do not have a health professional who is able to assist you, use these resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students.

Emergency Medical Services—911

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.


Crisis Text Line, Text 741741

Get connected to a trained volunteer for help moving from a hot moment to a cool one.


SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline,
1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727)

Get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area. Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

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If it’s not a crisis, and you need someone to talk to

    • Warm Line of Michigan for when you need support, someone to talk to, or to  find community mental health resources. The warm line will connect individuals with certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises, and are trained to support and empower the callers. – 1-888-733-7753
    • Love is Louder – Tips and tools to “stay calm, stay active, and stay connected” while offering resources for getting help as well. A project of the Jed Foundation which “protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults.”
    • Safe Space – Resources and tools to provide extra support in an emotionally safe environment. It asks, “What would help you right now?” and offers pathways for connection, coping, or distractions.
    • TakeCare19 – Accessible & Inclusive Mental Health Resources for Coping Through COVID‑19

LGBTQ+ Youth Focused Resources

  • The Trevor Project has several direct online resources specifically for LGBTQ youth:
      • Trevor Lifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
      • TrevorChat is a confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7, at
      • TrevorText is a confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor, available 24/7/365, by texting START to 678678.
      • TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24 available at
  • Q Chat Space is a bully-free online community of LGBTQ teens that can chat with other LGBTQ teens and trained staff from LGBTQ centers around the country
  • Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.
  • The Validation Station is a free texting service that sends daily gender-affirming and uplifting text messages to trans and non-binary youth in “lockdown”.
  • The LGBT National Help Center offers a talkline and weekly chatrooms for youth, providing confidential peer-support, information, local resources and community.