Mental Health Resources
COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and many people are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of changes to their daily routines, loss of income, and separation from support systems. The important thing to remember is that help is a phone call, click, or tap away.
Local, state and national organizations are here for you. Services have been adapted to continue to assist people and provide crisis intervention, education, information, and support in the midst of this public health crisis. If you or someone you know is struggling with worry, sadness, anger, or other mental health issues, reach out to one of these professional organizations to begin receiving help today.
Local Resources and Organizations
Be Well Indiana provides assistance for Hoosiers, COVID-19 resources, and support needed to get through these challenging times.
Center for Hospice Care offers grief and bereavement counseling and community education.
Clubhouse of St. Joseph County is a community-based center that provides adults with serious mental illness hope and opportunities to work, learn, live and reach their goals.
Domestic Violence Shelters
LGBTQ Center offers social groups, support groups, and is currently offering virtual support.
Mental Health Awareness of Michiana promotes education on a variety of mental health issues that affect the community. Provides resources and education.
My Strength is branded as 'a health club for the mind' and uses an evidence-based framework to offer users an opportunity to individually tailor resources to improve and maintain mental well-being and resiliency. Free to create your account and all the info is confidential and made available through SJC Cares.
Oaklawn provides a full range of mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Services include skills training and case management, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, intensive residential programs for youth and inpatient treatment for adults.
Riverbend Cancer Services improves the quality of life of cancer survivors and their families in our community through helpful advocacy, hopeful support and innovative educational programs.
St. Joseph County CARES (SJC Cares) is a local System of Care consortium - a coordinated network of local services and supports that work together to identify and meet the needs of children, youth, and families so they define and meet their potential. SJC Cares is regularly posting resources for families on their Facebook page.
St. Joseph County Family Violence/Special Victims Unit is an investigative branch of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, part of a multi-disciplinary team in partnership with the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County and the CASIE Center. SVU is committed to serving families of St. Joseph County who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or child physical or sexual abuse.
St. Joseph County SVU provides:
- Assistance filling out paperwork for protective orders
- 911 cellular phones
- Individual case management/advocacy and referrals
- Location: 533 N. Niles Ave. South Bend, Indiana 46617
- Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday – Friday
Suicide Prevention Center of St. Joseph County offers a Suicide Survivor support group and local outreach to survivors of suicide. Phone: 574-247-6047.
Youth Services Bureau provides an emergency youth shelter, a Drop-In Center, and counseling for program participants. YSB also offers programs that are free to youth including transitional living, case management, and Safe Place sites. They work to help youth repair foundations which have been jolted by abuse, neglect, homelessness and lack of resources, by guiding youth into safety, ensuring they have shelter, and teaching them how to overcome various obstacles. Call 574-235-9231
211 Call, text, or chat to talk to a local Community Resource Specialist 24/7 to find services and resources including supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utility assistance, emergency information and disaster relief, employment and education opportunities, services for veterans, health care information, addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs, reentry help for ex-offenders, and support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs.
Planet Fitness is currently offering free at home workouts while their gyms are closed.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Suicide Prevention Center of St. Joseph County
Domestic Violence Help
City of South Bend Police - checklist and suggested actions
St. Joseph County Family Violence/Special Victims Unit - (574) 235-7818
YWCA of St Joseph County - (574) 233-9491
- Women’s Shelter Phone - (574) 232-9558
- Location: 1102 Fellows St. South Bend, IN 46601
The YWCA of St. Joseph County is accredited by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration for their residential and non-residential bilingual services for women and children escaping abusive relationships.
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 1-800-332-7385
The ICADV works for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence—until the violence ends.
Digital Resources (apps, websites, forums, etc.)
Disaster Distress Hotline Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Callers can connect using up to 100 different languages through third party translation services.
Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Offers information, community forum, and support groups.
5 Star Life Offers a SEL video curriculum
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA: U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. Find treatment, practitioner training, public messages, grants, COVID-19 guidance and resources, and more.
The Trevor Project provides suicide prevention and anonymous counseling for LGBTQ Youth by phone, chat, and text.
FindTreatment.gov offers substance abuse resources. Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Find a treatment facility near you.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email@example.com
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.They offer a helpline, educational resources, and support groups.
National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255 or chat 24/7
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence | 1-800-537-2238
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.