Mental HealthCategory: Information & Resources
Mental health includes your cognitive and emotional well-being.
Maintaining your mental health is vital because mental health affects every aspect of your life. When your mental health is in good shape, your physical health, relationships and overall quality of life tend to also be in good shape.
This page contains many mental health resources, including SCAN’s “Healthy at Any Age” podcasts, tips for improving mental health and where to find crisis help.
SCAN Healthy At Any Age Podcast
General Information on Mental Health
- The Truth About Depression (information sheet)
Includes basic mental health information, how to recognize suicide warning signs and help for veterans.
- Substance (Ab)use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Federal agency leading public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America
International nonprofit membership organization and a leader in education, training and research for anxiety, depression and related disorders.
SCAN Straight Teletalk: Mental Health
Crisis Line Information
- Emergency Medical Services—911
If the situation is potentially life threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911; available 24 hours a day.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Provides 24/seven, free and confidential support for people in distress. Also offers prevention and crisis resources.
TTY: 1-800-799-4889. On-line chat is also available.
- Friendship Line 1-800-971-0016
Twenty-four-hour service is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities.
- SAMHSA National Helpline 1‑800-662-4357
Provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention and recovery in English and Spanish.
- Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255
Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential hotline, online chat or text.
Tools and Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health
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- Volunteer Match
Matches inspired people with inspiring causes.
- Volunteer Action for Aging
Engages seniors in fun and meaningful activities through volunteerism.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write (Echo Park and Mar Vista, Los Angeles).
- LA Works Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Offers volunteer opportunities uniquely designed to tap into the experience, skills and wisdom that those age 55 and over bring.