Get the support you need

There are many resources available to help students identify and respond to mental health issues, including those offered through schools. Among the outside resources are those named below. Please note that the NFHS is providing this list as a starting point, and is not endorsing these resources as the best or only options available to all interested students.


For people needing to reach police, fire or emergency medical assistance, 24/7. Call 911.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

For people who are in distress and need 24/7 free and confidential support or for people looking for prevention and crisis resources. Call or text 988, or chat.

Crisis Text Line

For people looking for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. Text "SHIELD" to 741741.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

For people looking to connect with peers for mental health support. Call 800-950-6264, text "HELPLINE" to 62640, or chat.

National Crisis Hotline

For people to learn more about available mental health and substance use resources and services. Available 24/7. Call 211.

National Eating Disorders Association

For people looking for help related to eating disorders.

Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools

For people looking to increase participation of students with disabilities through interscholastic Unified Sports and other inclusive school programs. Or for people looking to increase the quality of inclusion programs in their school(s).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

For people looking for referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations specializing in mental health or addiction support. Call 800-662-4357.

The Trevor Project

For students who want to talk to a specially trained LGBTQ+ crisis counselor, 24/7. Call 866-488-7386, text 678678 or chat.

It’s OK …

Mental health is health. PERIOD.

If we care about our bodies, we should care about our minds too.

Both deserve care.
Both deserve attention.
Both deserve treatment.

NO stigma. NO shame.


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