May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed in May in the U.S. since 1949.
 
Help is out there. Here are some free resources to lean on if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis:
 
SAMHSA's National Helpline is a 24/7 treatment referral and information service.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7, confidential support for people in distress.
The Trevor Project provides 24/7 crisis support services to LGBTQ+ young people.
FindTreatment.gov helps people seek treatment for mental and substance use disorders.
• National Institute of Mental Health outlines additional mental health services. 
 
SAMHSA has developed a conversation guide (PDF | 98 KB) to support a friend or loved one by providing them with access to services for mental health or substance use. This guide helps start conversations respectfully and helps guide the friend or loved one to resources that could help.
 
Additional Resources for Conversations:
 
• Time To Talk: Tips For Talking About Your Mental Health
• How Respectful Dialogue Can Reduce Mental Health Stigma
• Tips For How to Help a Person with Mental Illness
 
If you would like a program on Mental Health, Addictions, and/or the District 5500 Mental Health Action Group for your club, contact DG Don Jorgensen at donjorgensen@comcast.net or AG Bonnie Palmer at bepfrc@yahoo.com.