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Good mental health is an important part of a woman's overall health. Here you will find information about mental health issues that affect women and links to the best organizations and publications on mental health.

Get help! If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255).



Mental health illnesses


Trying to conceive, pregnancy, and mental health

  • Infertility and mental health
  • Pregnancy and mental health

Menstruation, menopause, and mental health

  • Premenstrual mood changes
  • Menopause and mood changes

Women veterans and mental health

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and women veterans
  • Military sexual trauma and women veterans
  • Intimate partner violence (IPV) and women veterans

When you need help

  • Kinds of counseling
  • How will I pay for mental health services?

Good mental health

Your rights

Preventing suicide

  • What can be done to prevent suicide?
  • What are the warning signs of suicide?
  • What are the risk factors for suicide?

Help hotlines

  • National hotlines that provide anonymous, confidential information to callers.


  • Gateways to mental health information
  • General mental health resources
  • Mental health information about:
    • Drug and alcohol abuse
    • Suicide
    • Treatment and recovery
    • More...

Government in action on mental health

  • Women's Mental Health Initiative


  • Women's Mental Health: What It Means to You — Consumer Guide – This booklet, based on the best science available, offers tips to help women protect their mental health. shopping cart Order this free publication online.
  • Action Steps for Improving Women's Mental Health — Health Professionals Guide – This report for healthcare professionals brings together recent research, resources, products, and tools on women's mental health issues. It also explores the role gender plays in diagnosing, treating, and coping with mental illness. It also points to resilience and social support systems as key factors in overcoming mental illness. shopping cart Order this free publication online.
  • Getting Through Tough Economic Times – This guide provides practical tips on dealing with the toll financial problems can take on your physical and mental health.
  • Are you a medical or health professional? NIDAMED are resources for medical and health professionals from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These resources are for both your practice and your patients and are available in English and Spanish.

Content last updated: March 29, 2010.

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