Free Mental Health Resources

Whether you are coping with anxiety or depression or just need someone to talk to, there are many resources to help you through. An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older (about 1 in 4 adults) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. In addition, in the United States, almost half of adults (46.4%) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. 5% of adults (18 or older) experience a mental illness in any one year. You are not alone.

There is never shame in getting or asking for help. Friday Health Plans has gathered a list of free resources for you, and we support you in your journey. We know it can be hard.

Resources Available through Friday Health Plans:

Regardless of what you’re going through, know that we’ve got your mental health covered at Friday Health Plans.

Many Friday plans offer unlimited mental health counseling visits at $0 (all Silver, Gold, and Some Bronze plans). Find a therapist near you. All Friday members can also use Teledoc for $0 counseling sessions 24/7 by phone or video if they are over 18 years old.

Please note that $0 visits are for counseling only and do not extend to other mental health services like in-patient stays and visits where medications are prescribed. This means these costs will go towards your deductible. However, we cover many generic brands of prescriptions! Search here to see what is covered in your Friday health plan. 

Be sure to double-check your coverage on your member portal to check your coverage.

Crisis Lines:

Mental Health of America Crisis Line

  • Do you need to talk to someone immediately? Do you want to call for someone else or yourself? Trained crisis workers will listen and direct you to resources. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Veteran Crisis Line:

  • Supporting our veterans is highly important. Are you a veteran, or do you know a veteran in crisis? You can contact the Veteran Crisis line via chat or phone here. Responders are caring and qualified members of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Treatment Referral Routing Service

  • Provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Crisis Text Line

  • Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free 24/7 support via text. Send “NAMI” to 741-741 to get started.

Trans Lifeline

  • A line run explicitly by and for transgender individuals seeking advice and support. Call 877-565-8860

LGBT National Hotline

  • LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) people can find support, affirmation, respect, acceptance, and aid when contacting this hotline. Call 888-843-4564 or visit their website.

Youth Talkline

  • This line is designed to support LGBTQIA+ youth. It is confidential and supports those 25 and younger. Call 800-246-7743

Demographic Specific Resources:

LGBTQIA+ Resources:

Did you know that LGBTQIA+ members (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) are TWICE as likely to experience a mental health condition? If you are a member of this community, finding help is very attainable. The following are resources available to you:

Resources for Men:

Did you know that men with mental illnesses are less likely to have received mental health treatment than women? You deserve care, and you can break the stereotypes.

 Here are some resources:

  • Man Therapy: take the head inspection quiz to learn how to improve your mental health or access the crisis line
  • Heads up Guys: a resource to help men struggling with depression with self-help resources and a peer blog to see similar stories

Resources for Women:

Many mental health conditions, such as depression and bipolar disorder, affect more women than men or affect women differently. You may not be able to prevent a mental health condition, but you can take steps to protect and support your mental health throughout your life. Here are some helpful resources:

Resources for Black/African Americans:

According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black adults in the U.S. are more likely than white adults to report persistent symptoms of emotional distress, such as sadness, hopelessness, and feeling like everything is an effort. Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care will seek or receive it. Reference the following resources for more information and aid:

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM): find local resources and toolkits for support and outreach, link with a peer today
  • Black Men Heal: offers select free services for Black men, such as therapy and education
  • Black Mental Wellness:  find facts sheets, podcasts, and more
  • Melanin and Mental Health: lists podcasts, videos, books, and more to help you navigate your mental health
  • Ourselves Black: provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms 
  • Sista Afya: contains information and support for Black women like fact sheets, social support, and healing options
  • Therapy for Black Girls: follow their podcast for the shared experiences you’ve been seeking weekly and get support from the amazing community they have built
  • The Steve Fund: gives mental health support to young people of color such as seminars/workshops and a blog featuring young people’s journeys

Resources for Hispanic/Latinx People:

Resources for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPI):

AAPIs have the lowest help-seeking rate of any racial/ethnic group. Only 23.3% of AAPI adults with a mental illness receiving treatment. AAPI communities experience the “model minority” stereotype that puts pressure to adjust and thrive easily. Here are some great resources:

Resources for People with Disabilities:

Sixty-one million people in the U.S. live with a disability, many of whom struggle with mental health. Use this resource to help you:

Resources for Veterans/Active Duty:

Nearly one out of four activity duty members showed signs of a mental health condition. The following resources can help military personnel and those who have transitioned to civilian life:

  • Military One Source: fall 1-800-342-9647 to speak with a confidential counselor that are available for service members and their families
  • Real Warriors: a site that offers support and shared experiences to active duty, veterans, family members, and more
  • Veteran Transition Support: helps with adjusting and returning to civilian society, including free programs and the opportunity to connect with other veterans

Resources for Neurodiverse People:

Neurodiverse people experience things differently, meaning that they think or behave in a “non-typical way” and are often autistic or have similar diagnoses. Get help with this resource:

  • Project LETS: offers peer support for neurodiverse people who are struggling with mental health

Resources for Young Adults and Teens:

Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14, and 75% develop by age 24. Do you feel afraid to ask specific questions? Try these resources below:

Resources for Family Members and Caregivers:

When you support someone struggling with a mental illness, it is important to remember that you are not and you deserve care too. Learn more about giving the best aid to someone and how you can be supported here.

Complimentary Resources for Everyone:

Screenings and worksheets from Mental Health America

Getting screened is one of the fastest ways to figure out if you are experiencing mental health symptoms. Here are a few screening tools from Mental Health America, along with worksheets to help you along the way.

See that you are not alone by viewing other’s stories: shares thousands of experiences of mental health through video. View the videos here.

Friday is Here for You.

Mental health is ESSENTIAL to your overall health and wellbeing. We want you to be the happiest and healthiest self you can be. We hope you take advantage of the resources we have shared!

Have any questions or concerns? Contact our Care Crew for help!


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