Family Behavioral Health Resources

Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.


Websites

SAMHSA Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

Part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website, find articles, guides and a Help line here.


Mental Health America For Family & Friends

On Mental Health America website, resources and information specifically for family and friends of individuals diagnosed with mental illness.

 

NAMI Family Members & Caregivers

On the NAMI website, find resources and information specifically for family and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with mental illness.


Articles

How to Cope When a Loved One Has a Serious Mental Illness

On the American Psychological Association's website Psychology Help Center section, this article gives supportive information for family members or friends dealing with a loved one who has a serious mental illness.
 

Supporting a Family Member with Serious Mental Illness

Article from the American Psychological Association's website Psychology Help Center section, this article discusses how to help a loved one through diagnosis, encouraging them to seek help and other supportive advice.
 

MentalHealth.gov For Friends & Family Members

On the MentalHealth.gov website, a section about how to talk to and support a friend or family member with mental health problems.

Education

Mental Health Coordinating Council: Recovery Oriented Language Guide

Words matter: the language we use and the stories we tell are important and can influence personal outcomes, especially if we choose language that conveys hope and possibility. This guide was developed to align with trauma-informed care and practice language approaches, introduce age-related language use, and promote the use of supported decision-making language.