Mental Health Resources

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Mental illness and mental health concerns are more common than you may think. Did you know that 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness? COVID-19 has only exacerbated mental health symptoms. As of December 2020, 56% of young adults (ages 18-24) have reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder. Remember, you are not alone. If you find yourself struggling with your mental and emotional health, seeking help is the most important and courageous thing you can do for yourself. Mental health and wellness is for everyone!

Refer to the following resources to get connected with mental health professionals and explore mental health tools, worksheets, and apps.

NOTE: These informational resources and tools in here are not substitutes for clinical mental health assessment and treatment. We are not mental health professionals.

College/University Mental Health Services

Students can access counseling, psychiatric, and preventative services through their university’s mental health centers. NOTE: due to high demand, students may be placed on waitlists to receive counseling services. Ask your school or campus mental health services for additional resources and community referrals


Free/ Low-cost/ Sliding scale counseling, teletherapy, & support groups (Austin area):

NOTE: Many or all of these counseling services have switched to a virtual setting or teletherapy

  • SAFE Austin–  free, confidential counseling and therapeutic services for survivors (adults, children, teens, and families) during their healing process to help move beyond the violence and trauma in multiple languages, including Spanish and American Sign Language
  • Lifeworks– free/ affordable support for individuals and families who are struggling with issues such as family conflict, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and the stress of everyday life
  • Capital Area Counseling– sliding scale counseling for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in English and Spanish. Group therapy is also available
  • YWCA Greater Austin- sliding scale counseling,  offers trauma-informed, multi-lingual, multicultural services for individuals, couples, families, youth and groups
  • Vida Clinic affordable counseling services for individual, family, and group therapy. Partners with a variety of insurance plans and offers self-pay rates upon request.
  • Waterloo Counseling Center– offers Individual Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling, Group Counseling. Expertise in: LGBTQIA+ and Coming Out Issues, Concerns about Living with HIV, Abuse/Trauma Issues, and Depression and Anxiety. Accepts a variety of insurance plans; sliding-scale
  • NAMI Central Texas – offers free online support groups, classes, workshops, presentations. Offers resources for parents/caregivers/friends/family of children/individuals with mental illness
  • Christi Center– offers free, ongoing support groups for adults grieving the loss of a child, spouse, parent, sibling or other loved one
  • Psychology Today: Find a Therapist – directory for therapists and mental health professionals  based on your zipcode. Allows you to find therapists based on cost and sliding scale

Hotlines (Free)

  • Integral Care (Travis County): 24/7 crisis & suicide hotline, 512-472-HELP (4357)
  • Bluebonnet Trails (Williamson County): 24/7 crisis hotline,1-800-841-1255
  • Family Crisis Center (Bastrop County): 24/7 crisis  hotline, 1-888-311-7755
  • Avail Solutions (Hays County): 24/7 Crisis Hotline, 1-877-466-0660
  • National Suicide Prevention: 24/7 suicide hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 24/7 helpline, 1-800-985-5990; provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters and treatment referral routing service
  • The StrongHearts Native Helpline: daily from 7am-10pm CT, 1−844-762-8483;  domestic/sexual violence helpline specifically for Native communities
  • Trans Lifeline: 24/7 crisis hotline, 877- 565-8860; provides direct emotional and financial support for trans people in crisis; “for trans community, by trans community”

Textlines (Free)

  • Crisis Text Line: 24/7 textline, Text ‘HOME’ to 741741 to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor
  • Disaster Distress Text Line: 24/7 textline, Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746; for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters and treatment referral routing service
  • SAFEline: 24/7 textline, (737)888-7233;  for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking and child abuse
  • Trevor Text: 24/7 textline, Text ‘START’ to 678-678; for LBTGQ+ Youth under 25

COVID-19 Specific Resources:


If you feel unsafe in your current location:

Tools, Worksheets & Exercises:

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