Mental Health

Category: 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

SCAN’s podcast series on mental health covers mental health diagnoses, how to maintain good mental health and handling grief and social isolation.

General Information on Mental Health

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.
    TTY: 1-800-487-4889
  • 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.
    TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Grief

  • GriefShare
    A friendly, caring group of people providing support through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Find help by ZIP code.

Tools and Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health

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Sleep

  • National Sleep Foundation
    Includes information about causes of snoring, sleep disorders and sleep topics, including aging and sleep patterns.

Volunteering

  • Volunteer Match
    Matches inspired people with inspiring causes.
  • Volunteer Action for Aging
    Engages seniors in fun and meaningful activities through volunteerism.
  • 826LA
    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.