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MHA Programs and Services


Compeer matches adults living with a mental health diagnosis with compassionate community volunteers who provide one-to-one supportive friendship and mentoring relationships to offset the social isolation and loneliness that can accompany mental illness.


Free short-term counseling is available for youth and adults in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg who don’t have insurance or employment, and have been impacted by the pandemic. To learn more about eligibility, contact MHA’s Care Coordinator Rachel Rosenfeld at 704-899-1839.


Programs to increase knowledge and awareness surrounding mental health risk factors, signs and symptoms, and ways to assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Mental Health Screening Tools

MHA National’s online screening tools to help identify potential symptoms of a mental health condition. Accessible for both adults and youth.

Directory of Mental Health Professionals

Online listing of local licensed mental health care professionals who are members of the MHA of Central Carolinas directory.

Mental Health America National Wellness Planning and Maintenance

MHA National tips and tools for a recovery plan.

MHA National Veterans Resources

Mental Health America national respects and appreciates current and former members of the military and provides information to help to break down the stigma of mental health issues among soldiers, veterans, their families, and medical staff to ensure that a greater number of military families receive the prompt and high-quality care they deserve.

MHA National Mental Health Advocacy Network

The Advocacy Network is comprised of thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active role in protecting America’s mental health through legislative advocacy.

MHA National 988 Suicide and Crisis Line

Information on the 988 line and how it works

Local Resources


In Crisis? Emergency Numbers:
To Access Local Mental Health Services – Non Emergency Numbers:
Other Frequently Called Numbers

Support Groups

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

DBSA provides hope, help, support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Grief Share

Local free grief support groups, Christianity focused.

Carolina Caring Grief Support Groups

Free grief support groups both online and in person

The compassionate Friends

Local grief support groups for families

Trellis Supportive Care

Free grief counseling, grief education and grief support groups for 13 different counties Including Cabarrus County.

Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte

Grief counseling and support groups offered in Mecklenburg County

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Groups for Families & Caregivers and Peer-led discussion.

HUGS (Healing & Understanding of Grief from Suicide)

For those suffering from the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide.


In Crisis? Emergency Numbers:

Local mental health crisis: 9-8-8 to speak with a crisis counselor

Teen Health Connection

Adolescent medical and behavioral health services.

Monarch SECU Youth Crisis Center

Treatment for young people between the ages of 6-17 who are in a mental health or substance use crisis.

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Call Center:

Chat with a crisis counselor by calling: 988

Or chat online by visiting this link

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment
referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families
facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Youth Information

Resources for youth from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Searchable online database for resources around mental health support, financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and more

On Our Sleeves

On Our Sleeves is the national movement to break stigmas around children’s mental health. Find resources for children’s mental wellness here.

Getting Better Together

How teens can talk to parents about getting help.

Mental Health Is Health

Ways to take action to support yourself and those around you.

Peptalk Hotline

Need some encouragement to bring a smile to your day? Call 707-998-8410 to hear recorded peptalks from kindergartners.

Reading Recommendations


Understanding ‘Minority Stress’ Saved My Life

‘Sadness Isn’t Forever’: Helping Kids Persevere Through The Pandemic

ADULTS (Parents of Teens)

Rewire Your Anxious Brain for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It


Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

By Nell Casey (Editor), Al Álvarez (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor), Ann Beattie (Contributor), Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (Contributor), Lesley Dormen (Contributor), Donald Hall (Contributor), Virginia Hefferman (Contributor).

[Don’t] Call Me Crazy

By Kelly Jensen (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Adam Silvera (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Libba Bray (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Esmé Weijun Wang (Contributor), Yumi Sakugawa (Contributor), Mike Jung (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Meredith Russo (Goodreads Author) (Contributor).

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

By Jessica Burkhart (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Maureen Johnson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), E. Kristin Anderson (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Megan Kelley Hall (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Cynthia Hand (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Francisco X. Stork (Goodreads Author) (Contributor).


By Nadia Owusu

Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America

By Amy Reed (Goodreads Author) (Editor), Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Alexandra Duncan (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), I.W. Gregorio (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Maurene Goo (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Stephanie Kuehnert (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Nina LaCour (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Anna-Marie McLemore (Goodreads Author)(Contributor)

Adolescent / Young Adult

Mental Health In America – Youth Data

MHA National – Children’s & Youth Mental Health Facts and Resources

MHA National Young Leaders Events & Recordings

Recommended Reading for Children

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