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Supporting mental health organizations benefits the people served by their mission—but also benefits the generous supporters too. That’s because giving is good for your health—especially your mental health—lowering stress and depression levels while boosting happiness.
Supporting the right mental health organizations can help raise awareness, address stigma, and facilitate treatment and recovery for a variety of mental health issues while improving company culture and employee wellness. Here are 12 mental health organizations to support.
1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Anxiety and depression are common mental health issues in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that depression and anxiety cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
The ADAA is focused on prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, and related conditions through education, practice, and research. The organization has a community of over 1,500 mental health professionals, many of whom contribute actively to research, education, and training.
Related: Workplace Anxiety: What It Is and How to Manage It
2. The Trevor Project
For young LGBTQ+ workers or family members, The Trevor Project provides crucial mental health resources. This organization focuses on issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicide prevention in members of the LGBTQ+ community under 25 years of age.
The Trevor Project includes resources such as crisis intervention tools, suicide prevention trainings, and other community resources.
Related: Providing a Safe Space for LGBTQIA+ Clients
3. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is a nonprofit mental health organization whose mission is to provide “advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives,” with a focus on reducing stigma and improving the mental health system.
This organization publishes information about mental health and offers resources such as classes and training, mental health programs and events, and a helpline to recommend non-emergency resources and solutions.
Related: 3 Ways to Reduce Mental Health Stigma
4. National Council for Behavioral Health COVID-19 Fund
Conditions such as anxiety and depression have worsened for many employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental health nonprofits are in a position to promote proper treatment of these and other conditions during this crisis. The National Council for Behavioral Health has established a COVID-19 relief fund to remove financial barriers for those seeking help. Donations go directly to frontline community behavioral health providers who can help provide remote and in-person services to those with mental illness or substance abuse issues.
Related: What It’s Like to Live and Work with Anxiety and Panic Attacks
5. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN is an anti-sexual violence organization that runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. According to their mission statement, RAINN “carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
This organization offers a variety of programs and advocacy such as victim services, public education, public policy work, and consulting. Office leaders may be interested in RAINN’s sexual assault training programs for companies and organizations.
Related: How to Address Domestic Violence Among Employees
6. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)
NQTTCN focuses on facilitating mental health resources for queer and trans people of color. Their services focus on “Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Arab, Middle-eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and mixed race, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and non-binary people,” and providing for the needs of mental health practitioners who are queer and trans people of color.
Resources this organization provides include a queer and trans people of color health practitioner database, funding for those seeking mental health support, and practitioner development and community building.
Related: Coming Out in the Workplace: The Importance of Belonging and Psychological Safety
Shatterproof is a nonprofit that focuses on how substance abuse and mental illness impact communities across the United States. They seek to end the stigma around substance abuse and help treat and prevent addiction.
Shatterproof advocates for policy change at the federal and state level, such as the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act. They also provide tools for education and for those seeking treatment.
Related: How Therapist Kyle Bishop Is Treating Employees Struggling with Alcohol and Drug Use
8. Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
BEAM’s goal is to help remove systemic barriers Black people experience accessing mental health resources. The nonprofit does this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
Mental illness in the Black community must be addressed simultaneously with systemic issues such as “inequities in the criminal legal system, economic reform, HIV/AIDS, transphobia, homophobia, racism ... and other issues that challenge the wellness of Black communities,” according to BEAM.
In addition to other resources, BEAM has mobile crisis unit services in some states.
Related: 7 Ways Leaders Can Be Allies to Black Employees
9. National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality is an advocacy group focused on policy work in pursuing equal rights for transgender people. They tackle a plethora of important issues facing the transgender community, including physical and mental health, housing and homelessness, violence prevention, racial and economic justice, and more.
They offer a variety of resources for transgender mental health issues, as well as for general health care, insurance, legal aid, and other related topics.
Related Webinar: Honoring Gender-Expansive Communities at Work
10. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Through research, education, advocacy, and survivor support, AFSP focuses on its core mission of suicide prevention. The AFSP found that “suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among young people age 15 to 24. The highest overall rates of suicide are for adults age 40 to 59.”
The foundation offers many resources for those who’ve contemplated suicide, those who’ve survived a suicide attempt, or affected family members. They also have established a crisis hotline at 800-273-8255.
Related: Why It’s Critical to Start Talking About Suicide in the Workplace
11. National Federation of Families
According to their website, The National Federation of Families “is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and substance use challenges and their families.”
The National Federation of Families focuses on advocacy for families to shape implementation of policies and funding for family and children’s mental health services. They offer a variety of resources, such as trainings, courses, and seminars.
Related: The Future of Work Puts Family Wellbeing at The Forefront
12. Center for Workplace Mental Health
The Center for Workplace Mental Health is an organization dedicated to helping employers promote mental wellness among employees and their families. Their goal is to decrease stigma and increase the number of employees who seek effective treatments—therefore alleviating issues such as absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher health care and disability costs.
Related: Family Mental Health: Equipping Employees to Be at Their Best
The Spring Health Difference
Whatever mental health challenges your employees and their family members are facing, Spring Health can provide fast access to the right care.
It only takes a few minutes to set up a Spring Health account, and then our clinically validated, 3-5 minute assessment screens for over 12 mental health conditions. After completing the assessment, a personalized care plan is generated, with treatment recommendations.
If a therapist or coach is part of that plan, the individual can choose a provider from our diverse network, and schedule their first appointment within two days. They have access to a Care Navigator, who is a licensed, master’s level clinician, and acts as a co-pilot for the enrollee, guiding them throughout their mental health journey.
The best part is that we can prove we deliver results for your employees and their families. Two newly related studies show that with Spring Health:
- 70% of participants reliably improve their mental health
- Productivity increases by 24%, with 25% fewer missed work days
- Organizations see an average of $7,000 saved per employee within 6 months
Ready to learn more? Request a demo for a deeper dive into how we can help your employees feel better, faster.