Mental Health Resources Specific to the Legal Community

  • American Bar Association Mental Health Resources

  • Directory of Lawyer Assistance Programs. Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPs)

    • Directory of Lawyer Assistance Programs, Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPS) throughout the country provide confidential services and support to judges, lawyers and law students who are facing mental health or substance use issues.
  • Lawyers Depression Project

    • The Lawyers Depression Project is an online peer-to-peer support group the legal professionals.
  • Mindfulness in Law Society
    • The mission of the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS) is to enhance well-being in the legal profession by educating it about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, yoga and other contemplative services.
  • Institute for Well-Being in Law
    • Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL) is dedicated to the betterment of the legal professional by focusing on a holistic approach to well-being.  Through advocacy, research, education, technical and resource support and stakeholders’ partnerships, we are driven to lead a culture shift in law to establish health and well-being as core centerpieces of professional success.

Regional Resources for Mental Health

National Resources for Mental Health

  • SAMHSA -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • This is a crisis hotline that can help with many issues, not just suicide.  For example, anyone who feels said, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; or anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call the Lifeline.  Callers are connected with a professional nearby who will talk with them about what they are feeling or concerns for other family and friends.  Call the toll-free Lifeline, 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990)
    • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-days/year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • SAMHSA Find a Provider Directory
    • SAMHSA provides information on mental health services and treatment centers through an online service locator.  You can search by your location for services for youth, payment options (private insurance, cash or something else), all languages spoken, etc.
  • SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
    • The toolkit offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training -- National Council for Mental Wellbeing
    • Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
    • We can all help prevent suicide. 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 in the United States. Crisis Text Line

      Text “MHFA” to 741741

  • Lifeline Crisis Chat
    • Chat online with crisis centers around the United States.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    • NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of American affected by mental illness.
  • Mental Health America
    • Mental Health American (MHA)’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services and support for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.
  • National Council for Mental Well Being: Find a Provider
    • Search for organizations that are committed to providing mental health services to anyone in the community who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.

Mental Health Resources for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color Communities

  • Asian Mental Health Collective

    • The Asian Mental Health Collective is an organization focused on de-stigmatizing mental health with Asian communities.  They provide the APISAA Therapist Directory, a directory of therapist located in most states and Washington, DC who specialize in serving Asian American, South Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Ayana Therapy
    • Mental healthcare for marginalized and intersectional communities.
  • (BEAM) Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
    • Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.  They do this through educational, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
  • Black Female Therapists
    • This platform was created to promote, inspire and elevate other black female therapists and create a safe space for black mental health.
  • Black Men Heal
    • Aimed at providing access to mental health treatment, psycho-education and community resources to men of color.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance
    • This organization aims to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities.
  • Loveland Foundation
    • Loveland Therapy Fund recipients will have access to comprehensive lists of mental health professionals across the country providing high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls.
  • Melanin and Mental Health
    • Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black and Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.
  • National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
    • This resource provides mental health and behavioral services for the Asian American, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders.
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
    • The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization that actively works to transform mental health for queer and trans people of color in North America.  Together we build the capacity of QTPoC) queer and trans people of color) mental health practitioners, increase access to healing justice resources, provide technical assistance to social justice movement organizations to integrate healing justice into their work.
  • One Sky Center
    • One Sky Center is a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research.  It is dedicated to quality health care across Indian Country.
  • South Asian Mental Health Initiative and Network
    • A non-profit that works to address the mental health needs of South Asian folks living in the United States.  They provide a list of mental health providers who specialize in offering services to the South Asian community.  Their provider directory allows you to search by languages spoken, location and service type.
  • Therapy for Latinx
    • Therapy of LatinX serves as a database of therapists who either identify as LatinX or have worked closely with LatinX communities and understands their needs.
  • The Steve Fund
    • Organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.
  • Therapy for Black Girls
    • Online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.  Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.
  • The Trevor Project
    • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
  • We R Native
    • We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults.

Video Resources

ALA Presentations on Mental Health

ALA Annual Conference, October 2021, Austin, TX

Lynn Garson, Counsel, Baker Hostetler

Judy Hissong, President, Nesso Strategies
Monique Mahler, HR Manager, Baker Hostetler

Michael Cohen, Duane Morris LLP

ALA Capital Chapter Presentations

  • "Mental Health Matters: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other"

Jessie Spressart, Managing Director, OPTIA Consulting