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Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery, Crisis & Domestic Violence Resources

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or crisis, call 911 or your local emergency number, or call/visit one of the following:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988. Available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 to get started. Available 24/7.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Available 24/7.
Other Crisis Lines (includes some outside the US)

Outside the US:
International Suicide & Emergency Hotlines

Counseling, Organizations, and Helplines

  • Crisis Text LineText “HOME” to 741741 | Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.
  • NAMI Helpline1-800-950-NAMI (6264) | A free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public.
  • Domestic Violence Resources List | An extensive list of resources gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), covering a wide variety of needs for survivors.
  • Annuity.org – Financial Abuse | Financial abuse is a lesser known, but critical component that abusers use to exert control over their victims. It can range from denying a spouse access to money to using scams or disingenuous motives to steal money from a senior. Financial abuse is very serious, but there are ways for victims to escape and recover from these situations.
  • Annuity.org – Financial Help for Recovering Addicts | People in recovery have unique hurdles to restoring or establishing financial independence. Getting their finances in order may even trigger a relapse. But approached properly, people in recovery can follow a few specific steps to achieve financial independence.
  • Psychology Today | Multi-national directory of verified mental health professionals. Search by location, type of therapy, faith, specific topics, gender, and more. Also provides content written by clinicians, experts, and researchers from across the fields of behavior and psychology.
  • Christian Care Connect | Find a Christian counselor or coach near you. Powered by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
  • Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF) | Provides mental health and counseling resources from a Christ-centered perspective, including a blog, videos, audio, books, and more.
  • Celebrate Recovery | Find a local faith-based 12-Step group in your area that builds a safe community for all habits, hang-ups, and hurts, including a focus on Mental Health.
  • AddictionResource.net | Trusted resources and relevant information for individuals and their families struggling with substance abuse or domestic violence.
  • Addictions.com | National directory of treatment centers, therapy assistance, and free addiction resources, by state.
  • Rehab Spot | National directory of drug rehabilitation centers, in-patient and out-patient, as well as other resources. Listed by state and territory.
  • Parent’s Guide to Fentanyl | This comprehensive guide equips parents with valuable information, including tips, warning signs, and helpful videos/articles. It empowers parents to protect their children from the dangers of fentanyl and make informed decisions regarding substance use.
  • Protecting Children From Online Drug Dealers | In the digital age, online drug dealing poses a significant threat. Our resource provides essential tools to safeguard children, including the “Emoji code” to identify online drug dealing, insights into the dark web, and online safety measures.

“… I also feel like virtual helps you bond. When everything around you is artificial, you have to lean a little harder on the real people.” – How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar by Rich Larson

Organizations Aimed at People of Color

  • Southeast Detox | New for 2023, this guide features dozens of resources to help Black women rise and thrive.
  • Live Another Day | Live Another Day believes in equal access to life-saving mental health and substance use resources. This website provides extensive information on the best resources available.
  • Louisville Addiction Center | Being a parent is hard, and BIPOC parents face unique challenges. This guide features 32 resources for BIPOC parents.

Mental Health for Nerd Culture

  • Games and Online Harassment HotlineText “SUPPORT” to 23368 to get started. A free, text message-based, confidential emotional support hotline, created specifically for the gaming community.
  • Take This | The mission of Take This is to decrease stigma and increase the support for mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. If you’ve ever been to PAX, you may have seen or even visited one of their AFK rooms. They provide an extensive list of mental health resources and tools, as well as videos, blog posts, articles, a searchable clinician database, live Twitch seminars, and more.
  • Take This Community Discord | A digital space for the Take This community to meet, relax, help one another, and connect over a love of games.
  • Game to Grow | 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth.
  • Geek Therapeutics | Teaching clinicians, social workers, professionals, parents, teachers, students, geek culture fans, and pro gamers how to use Geek Therapy to unlock the best version of themselves and others. Offering a therapist locator, training, books, podcasts, and more.
  • Guardians Mental Health | Focused on promoting mental health awareness and meaningful resources throughout the gaming community. They provide first step support with gathering resources, peer support, and where to find a mental health professional near you.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health | Talking about mental health shouldn’t be difficult. Here’s a brief guide to getting the conversation started.
  • Mental Health Reminders and Taking Breaks | It’s a stressful and uncertain time, and if you’re feeling upset or anxious, know you’re not alone. Here are a few things you can do when you feel overwhelmed.
  • Stack Up | Combating veteran suicide through gaming and geek culture.
  • CheckPoint |  Provides mental health resources for gamers and the gaming community.

“What is grief, if not love persevering?” – Vision, WandaVision Episode 8

How to Support Others

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” –Fred Rogers

Apps & Games

  • SuperBetter | SuperBetter is a game and a tool, created by game designers and backed by science, that gamifies personal growth and resilience in the face of any kind of illness, injury, or health goal. You can learn more on the FAQ.
  • Peaceful Video Games: 5 Titles That Will Boost Your Mood | Video games aren’t a substitute for speaking to your doctor or another health professional if you are struggling, but they can be an additional tool to add more peace in your life.
  • Woebot App (iOS & Android) | Friendly AI-powered chatbot that provides clinically-validated therapy to address mental health challenges.
  • With Them: Frontlines | A game created to help veterans struggling with PTSD and to help civilians see what fighting abroad is truly like.

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The above list of resources is not a substitute for professional advice or counseling. We at Love Thy Nerd want to point you towards resources that can help you and your loved ones, but we do not endorse any particular site, treatment, therapy, or resource. We provide these links at our sole discretion but have not necessarily vetted or fully reviewed any particular resource. We assume no liability for the use of the information or resources on these sites and encourage you to use your own best judgment when reviewing these resources.

This resource was originally compiled by April-Lyn Caouette and Madeline Turnipseed and posted April 14, 2021.
Additional Resources were compiled and added by Rachel Knight and Radio Matt. Last Updated December 16, 2023.

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