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Support & Help

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and many people are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression due to changes to their daily routines, loss of income, or separation from support systems.

Local, state, and national organizations are here for you. These services provide crisis intervention, education, information, and support. 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.

Table of Contents
Local Resources & Organizations
Suicide Help
Domestic Violence Help
Digital Resources
National Resources

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
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Local Resources and Organizations

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, service 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.

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment program
Outpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment for adults provided by experienced and credentialed counselors. This program includes individual assessments and evening and Saturday small group sessions to adults of all faiths. Catholic Charities is certified by the state of Indiana to provide outpatient addictions services. Referrals from healthcare professionals, courts, attorneys and self-referrals are accepted. This program is currently available at our South Bend office only.

Center for Hospice Care
The Center for Hospice Care offers grief and bereavement counseling and community education.

Clubhouse of St. Joseph County
Community-based center that provides adults with serious mental illness hope and opportunities to work, learn, live and reach their goals.

IUSB Wellness Rooms
Campus Wellness Rooms are individual, private rooms where students can relax at IU South Bend. Access to these rooms gives students a place to complete assignments, take care of personal matters or just have some time alone.

LGBTQ Center
The 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
My Strength is branded as ‘a health club for the mind’ and uses an evidence-based framework to offer users an opportunity to tailor resources individually 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. Our services include skills training and case management, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, intensive residential programs for youth and inpatient treatment for adults. Offering through their SJC Cares program, announces that local child psychologist Margaret Jessup is offering a free 45-minute class introducing mindfulness strategies to help calm fear and anger for local families with children ages 6-12. Sessions will be held April 14 or 21 at noon, using Zoom meetings. Register for the April 14 session here or for the April 21 session here.

Riverbend Cancer Services
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.

Youth Services Bureau – 574-235-9231
Offering services such as emergency youth shelter, counseling in our programs, Drop In Center and programs such as transitional living programs, case management services, Safe Place presentations and sites, which are completely free to the youth. 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.

Suicide Help

Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Phone: 211 to talk to an advisor

Suicide Prevention Center of St. Joseph County
Phone: 574-247-6047
United Health Services Suicide Prevention offers a Suicide Survivor support group and local outreach to survivors of suicide.

Domestic Violence Help

City of South Bend Police
Checklist and suggested actions

Domestic Violence Shelters
There are currently 3 domestic violence and abuse shelters and programs in South Bend, IN with 2 offering a hotline and 2 offering emergency shelter.

YWCA HELP | 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 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.

St. Joseph County Family Violence/Special Victims Unit | 574-235-7818
Location: 533 N. Niles Ave. South Bend, Indiana 46617
Hours: 8:00 – 4:30, Monday – Friday
The SVU 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.

  • Assistance in filling out paperwork for protective orders.
  • 911 cellular phones
  • Individual case management/advocacy and referrals

Digital Resources

5 Star Life
Offers an SEL video curriculum.

Be Well Indiana
New website from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Provides numerous resources and support for Hoosiers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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 also connect through 100 different languages through 3rd party translation services.

Psych Central
Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Offers information, community forum, and support groups.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA: U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. Find treatment, practitioner training, public messages, grants, COVID-19 guidance and resources and more.
Get Help –
Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Find a treatment facility near you.

The Trevor Project
Provides suicide prevention and anonymous counseling for LGBT Youth by phone, chat, and text.

National Resources

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 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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
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 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.

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.

Last updated: 10/13/21 (Provided by Mental Health Committee)

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