Mental Health Resources

What's on this page?

Did you know?:

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. children aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% begins by age 24
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among individuals aged 10-34

Common types of problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia/Psychosis
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Suicide and/or self-harm

If you are struggling with mental illness, you are not alone. There are local and low cost or free resources available to help you.

Screeners: Do I have symptoms of a mental illness?

Disclaimer: Please use this information at your own risk; an official diagnosis of mental illness can only be made by a licensed professional. If you feel that you are struggling with a certain type of mental illness, more information and screening tools can be found below.

What is depression?

Depression is a type of mood disorder that presents in many forms and varying durations. It is primarily characterized by persistent sadness or low mood, and lack of interest or pleasure in usually enjoyable activities.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress or certain circumstances, but when persistent can lead to distress and functional impairment in day-to-day life.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a condition resulting from either witnessing or experiencing a traumatic or terrifying event. Symptoms can vary, but commonly include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable or unwanted thoughts about the event.

What is schizophrenia/psychosis?

Schizophrenia is a serious, long term disorder that alters one's ability to think, feel and behave clearly. Those with schizophrenia often struggle with faulty perceptions, inappropriate actions or feelings, and withdrawal from reality.

Psychosis is a disorder characterized by a disconnection from reality that often results from schizophrenia but may present in other disorders or circumstances.

What is alcohol use disorder?

An alcohol use disorder is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable drinking, and an emotional and physical dependence on alcohol that causes significant impairments in functioning in daily life.

What is substance use disorder?

A substance use disorder results from the recurrent, excessive use of and dependence on drugs that causes significant impairment including health problems and functioning in daily life.

Suicide or self-harm

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, help is available.

Crisis Hotlines

If you are in crisis or thinking about harming yourself or somebody else please call a number below. If you are in an immediate emergency please dial 911.

National Telephone Crisis Lines:

Texas Telephone Crisis and Suicide Prevention Lines:

Call A Local Mobile Crisis Unit:

Mobile crisis units provide on-site response to mental health emergency situations. Usually available 24 hours a day, a mobile crisis unit is dispatched within one to two hours to the caller's location, or sooner if a high level of danger to self or others is detected. Upon arrival, the mobile crisis team--usually comprised of clinical professionals or trained para-professionals--evaluates the situation and conducts a clinical assessment of the person in crisis. Often, the individual receives brief on-site counseling and assessment and is transported or connected to appropriate local resources.

  • North Texas Crisis Line (including Mobile Crisis Outreach Team): 866-260-8000
  • Denton County Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 800-762-0157

Denton County Local Treatment Resources

If you have insurance, contact your provider or employer to discover mental health professionals within your network. If not, below are free or low-cost local mental health treatment resources that may be helpful:

Denton County MHMR
2519 Scripture
PO Box 2346
Denton, TX 76201
940-381-5000

United Way of Denton
1314 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76205
P: 940.566.5851

Denton County Friends of the Family
4845 S I-35 E, Suite 200
Corinth, TX 76210
Phone: 940-387-5131

Self-Help Resources

Therapeutic services can be costly and may not be easily accessible to all individuals. Given this, online mental health resources can help make therapy more accessible to individuals in need. Below is a list of online, telephone, and app-based resources for mental health problems.

Mental Health Broadly

  • iCBT App - This low-cost app uses CBT strategies to provide users a platform to identify, appraise and reappraise negative thoughts.
  • Medisafe - An app that keeps tracks of your medications and sends reminders on when to take them
  • Get more free mental health and self-help resources.

Depression:

  • DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) Wellness Tracker is used to track your moods, symptoms, medications, and lifestyle everyday to give a visual representation of wellness for the month
  • Centre for Interactive Mental Health Solutions is an interactive program used for depression. The program is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy and is composed of 8 sessions with illustrated examples, mood monitors, and worksheets
  • Virtual Hope Box is a free app to manage symptoms of depression by incorporating coping and emotion regulation skills
  • Moodgym is a self-help program based in cognitive-behavioral therapy that is used to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety

Anxiety:

  • ThisWayUp offers a course on social anxiety that is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. This course consists of six lessons that provide psychoeducation on social anxiety and related symptoms; teach individuals exposure, behavioral techniques, and social skills; address and challenge unhelpful thought patterns; and provide relapse prevention
  • SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) is a free app that helps you monitor anxious thoughts, track behavior over time, and use guided self-help exercises to discourage stress.
  • Breathe2Relax is a mobile app that helps individuals with stress management through the use of breathing techniques. The app uses videos, text, and audio to teach breathing exercises and allows individuals to track their progress
  • Anxiety Coach compiles strategies for managing and overcoming symptoms of anxiety and offers resources on different types of anxiety disorders from a licensed psychologist
  • For a list of more self-help apps to help with anxiety, click here

Psychosis/Schizophrenia:

  • Here to Help is a free toolkit to understand how to work through and manage psychosis
  • OnTrack Get Real is an online treatment program for people who are having odd experiences and are worried they may be getting out of touch with reality. It is mainly for young people in the early stages of psychosis.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

  • PTSD Coach Online is an interactive program that uses videos, worksheets, and handouts to teach coping skills for anxiety, anger, sadness, and sleep difficulties after a traumatic event
  • CPT Coach is an app that uses evidence based strategies for managing symptoms of PTSD

Alcohol Abuse:

Substance Abuse:

Resources and Support Groups:

If you or somebody you know has a mental illness or is experiencing emotional difficulties, below is a list of informational resources, handouts, and online support groups: