Mental health

Talking about depression, anxiety or other issues that may affect your mental health isn’t always easy. But you’re not alone. Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental health issues each year.1 So let’s start the conversation.

Let's have an open talk about mental health

Learning how to talk about and understand the mental health challenges you or a loved one may be facing may be the first step. Then, you may learn ways to cope and start feeling better.

How to find mental health services and counseling

UnitedHealthcare members

Learn about programs and support that may be available to you through your health plan. If you’re not quite sure what type of help you may need, get tips on choosing a mental health provider.

More mental health resources

Children and youth mental health

Help support your child’s mental health. Get guidance on mental health needs from early childhood through young adulthood and learn some signs to watch for. Plus, find ways to care for your own mental health.

Suicide prevention

Thoughts of suicide can affect people from all walks of life. Know the warning signs and learn what you should say – and shouldn’t say – to a loved one experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Understanding mental health

Mental health describes conditions that may affect your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.2 When we talk about mental health, it includes anxiety, depression or other conditions. Mental health may also include things like substance use, eating disorders or psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, in which people perceive reality abnormally and may have hallucinations or delusions.3  We tend to think of mental health as part of the larger picture of our overall behavioral health.4

Common mental health conditions

Many people may struggle with mental health challenges at different times in their lives. Learn more about common mental health conditions. If these issues sound like things you’re dealing with, you may want to talk to a professional.


Feeling nervous or anxious may seem like a regular part of life. But when it interrupts your daily activities, it may be a bigger issue. Learn how to know if it may be time to reach out for help.10


Constantly feeling overwhelmed, way too busy, unmotivated and unproductive at work? You may be experiencing burnout. Learn the signs of burnout and how to get help.10


Depression is much more than just feeling down. But there is treatment and ways to cope and feel better. Counseling and medication may help, as well as other resources. Learn more about depression and how to get the support you may need.10

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, is a type of depression that occurs with the changing seasons. With the right approach, it’s possible to manage and overcome seasonal depression.10

Social isolation and loneliness

While it may be easy to overlook, spending time with friends and family is an important part of caring for your overall health. Make sure you have enough social support in your life and learn ways to strengthen and build connections.10


We all may deal with stress, but what if it gets to be too much? Learn ways to help stay in better balance when life may get stressful, whether that’s at school, work or home.10

Mental health support and resources available by phone or online

If you need help right away — for yourself or a loved one — call 911 or use the emergency numbers below.

Substance Use Helpline

Substance Use Helpline1-855-780-5955

If you feel that you or a loved one are experiencing signs of addiction, call the confidential helpline to get support, guidance on treatment options, help finding a network provider and answers to your questions.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Get help with crisis intervention, information and referrals to local services for victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat for 24-hour, toll-free, confidential support and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. For TTY users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.

The Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line — Text “Home” to 741741

The Crisis Text Line is a free resource available 24/7 to help you connect with a crisis counselor.