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

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: How to manage workplace anxiety

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.

3. National Alliance on Mental Illness

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.

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: Ease COVID-19 anxieties with online counseling

5. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

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.

6. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network

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.

7. Shatterproof

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.

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.

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.

10. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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.

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.

12. Center for Workplace Mental Health

The Center for Workplace Mental Health is an organization dedicated to helping employers promote mental wellness among workers 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: Mental health disability: Best practices for supporting and accommodating employees

Whatever mental health challenges your employees face, Spring Health can help you match them to the right treatment options for their individual health care plans. We offer an extensive network of providers and treatment tools, ranging from meditation or practiced mindfulness to more serious treatments such as therapy, medication, or rehab. Contact us to learn more about what Spring Health can offer.

Connor Holmes
Connor Holmes

Connor is a staff writer for Spring Health.

January 4, 2021