• Shelby County Chamber: Mental Health Awareness Month Resources

    May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. Listed below is a wealth of information on where you or someone you know can receive help. This list is compiled by Charitable Advisors.

    State and National Resources

    Be Well Indiana — A compilation of mental health and wellness resources from an initiative of the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). Includes tips, strategies, and resources for children, teens, adults, and veterans.
    Find Treatment – Whether you’re seeking mental health services for yourself, an employee, or clients you serve, the Find Treatment website can help you identify resources in your community.

    Mental Health America of Indiana — Mental Health of America of Indiana is part of a national nonprofit organization that provides numerous programs focused on improving mental health.
    National Alliance on Mental Health Indiana — Comprehensive list of local mental health resources categorized by Indiana counties, demographics, and areas of concern, including addiction and substance abuse, adults, people of color, faith communities, seniors, veterans, and youth. Also includes listings of programs, support groups, and events.
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is leading public health efforts related to behavioral health. Under its 2023-2026 strategic plan https://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/strategic-plan, SAMHSA is focused on preventing overdose, enhancing access to suicide prevention and crisis care, promoting emotional health for youth, strengthening the behavioral health workforce, and integrating behavioral and physical health care.

    Crisis Helplines

    Be Well Indiana Crisis Helpline – Call 211
    Community Health Crisis Line – Call (317) 621-5700, option #1 for psychiatric emergencies.
    Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence – 1 (800) 332-7385 (voice); 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY)
    The Indiana Family Helpline – 1 (855) 435-7178

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline – Call 1 (800) 950-6264 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (EST); email info@nami.org; or text 24/7 by entering NAMI to 741-741.

    NAMI Indiana Helpline – Call the Indiana Helpline at 1 (800) 677-6442 to receive resources and help related to mental health.
    The National Mental Health Hotline – Call 1-866-903-3787 to connect with a mental health specialist.

    Youth Resources

    Firefly Children & Family Alliance – Provides numerous mental health services in English and Spanish, including support groups, domestic violence programs and mental health counseling for individuals and families. Counseling fees are based on ability to pay. Accepts Medicaid and other insurance plans.
    The Trevor Project — Provide resources focused on suicide prevention among LQBTQ+ youth.


    The following are among the leading print and digital publications in providing a new understanding of how our life experiences impact our mental health. Considered ‘must reading’ for those who have committed to addressing their own mental health or supporting others’ in their journey toward overcoming trauma or achieving better mental health, these publications provide new insights that may challenge many commonly held perceptions about what it means to achieve overall health.
    It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by therapist and author Mark Wolynn addresses inherited family trauma and how it can surface in our lives, whether or not we’re familiar with the complexities involved in previous generations of our families. Wolynn draws upon interactions with his patients to highlight why many of them continue in destructive patterns and behaviors that were part of their family tree — whether they are aware of them or not.
    The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. Considered the essential guide on trauma, this book by psychiatrist van der Kolk is considered one of the leading publications to advance the conversation on trauma and how it impacts our health. Bessel van der Kolk’s essential trauma guide. He goes beyond our understanding of how trauma impacts veterans to move the conversation into how trauma impacts all of our lives. career studying how trauma, early and otherwise, wires itself into our bodies and brains.
    The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture by Dr. Gabor Maté, a world renowned therapist who developed the psychotherapeutic method “Compassionate Inquiry,” which explores hidden assumptions, implicit memories, and mental climate to address the complicated issues people hide from the world. In The Myth of Normal, Maté goes beyond more obvious mental health challenges such as addiction and attention disorders to explore more obscure ways, including a toxic culture, in which trauma manifests in an individual.
    NAMI Indiana Crisis Planning Booklet – This booklet by NAMI Indiana provides insights on how to prepare for and handle a mental health crisis.
    What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry. The bestselling book on trauma provides insights from the leading neuroscientist, combined with Oprah’s own experiences, as to why childhood experiences can shape a person and their behaviors throughout their lifetime. They challenge practitioners, teachers, social workers, and others to switch from asking the question, “What’s wrong with you?” when encountering people with unacceptable behaviors.

    The U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Mental Health and Well-Being 2022 encourages employers to prioritize workplace mental health and well-being, citing it as a critical priority for public health.


    May 18, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Share, Listen & Learn Meeting: “Indiana Department of Education School Mental Health Updates”
    Join fellow Indiana educators and mental health professionals to share mental health and social emotional learning ideas and best practices for our students. Presented by the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative. Cost: Free. Learn more.
    May 18-19
    Learn How To Address Mental Health Issues In Your Church
    A free virtual summit for church leaders on May 18-19, 2023, with topics ranging from how to avoid pastoral burnout to fostering mental health for your team. Cost: Free. Register

    Pre-recorded webinars
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a series of pre-recorded webinars to provide users insights on how to reduce suicidal behavior and substance use among youth. The webinars can give you guidance on how to assess your community’s needs and develop a strategic action plan. Learn more
    The Nature Connection: Collaborating to bring ecotherapy to your community. This webinar highlights the benefits of ecotherapy, including research on how it can support mental health. Marissa Byers, a graduate of Butler University with an environmental studies degree and a 2021-2022 MHA Young Mental Health Leaders Council member, talks about how connecting with the natural environment can improve mental health and well-being and inspire climate action. Cost: Free. Presented by Mental Health America. Learn more
    Meeting the mental health needs of youth before crisis: Utilizing warmlines webinar. In recent years, the mental health of youth and young adults has been gaining increased attention, especially with rising rates of suicide among this demographic. Having someone to talk with, making a connection, and finding resources can help prevent youth struggling with their mental health — warmlines — from reaching a point of crisis. Watch

    Crisis Booklet 6th Edition