Mental Health Awareness Month

As stated by Mental Health America, 'Mental helath is essential to everyone's overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.'

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; and United Way of Central Missouri has partnered with Anne Marie Project, Capital Region Medical Center, Compass Health Network and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital to promote and provide resources for mental wellness.

Each year, millions face the reality of living with a mental illness. And as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic increase, so do associated levels of stress and anxiety. Everyday activities one can do to relieve stress include practicing mindfulness, deep breathing and meditation.

It is critical those struggling with mental illness know they are not alone, and there is help available to them. Below is a list of resources and information for mental wellness.

We encourage the central Missouri community to join us in this critical effort so we can help those in our community who are struggling. Together, we are fighting the stigma, providing support and advocating for those battling mental illness.


Compass Health Network: 1-888-237-4567 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-27308255) or go online to chat at

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or go online to chat at

Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio (en espanol): 1-888-628-9495 (toll free)


The News Tribune published a story regarding telehealth and access to mental health during COVID-19. Learn more and view the article here.


Local Agencies

Anne Marie Project
About: Anne Marie Project exists to provide resources to help young people seeking information and guidance on the many challenges they face today. is a safe haven for all young people to view as a resource for those seeking answers when dealing with issues such as drugs, sex, alcohol, abuse, peer-pressure, faith and relationships. This project is a collaboration of young adults and high school youth who have the desire to help each other with everyday life issues.

Capital Region Medical Center
About: Capital Region Medical Center understands that taking care of your mental health is as important--if not more important--than your physical health. Perhaps you don't know which way to turn due to stress, health concerns, relationship issues and/or parenting concerns. The mental health professionals at Capital Region Physicians-Center for Mental Wellness can help you move in the right direction. Capital Region offers confidential counseling and psychiatry services for children (age 4 and older) to seniors. Online scheduling is available for established patients; new patients may request an appointment.

Compass Health Network
Phone (Crisis Hotline): 1-888-237-4567
Phone: (General): 1-844-853-8937
About: Compass Health Network, a partner agency of the United Way of Central Missouri, is a nonprofit healthcare organization with a vision of full, productive, healthy lives for everyone. Compass takes a person-centered integrated approach to caring for customers. This health care model focuses on treating the whole person and is a collaboration of care involving the individual customer, personal providers and, when appropriate, family members. Compass' services are efficient, effective and enhanced by data and technology to ensure customers receive evidence-based care delivered in the right way, at the right time, and in the right place.

Council for Drug Free Youth
Phone: 573-636-2411
About: While this United Way partner agency is well-known for its work in providing resources and support to youth for living drug and alcohol-free, Council for Drug Free Youth also works to provide resources for mental health and suicide prevention so it can further its mission of helping our youth live healthy lives.


View tips & resources related to mental wellness during COVID-19 from Mental Health America:

View 7 crucial research findings to help deal with COVID-19:

Take a free Mental Health Screening Test:

Do it Yourself (DIY) Mental Wellness Activities:

Learn about NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Missouri and its mission to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, educate the public about mental illness, and advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness:

Learn about Mindwise and its resources for behavioral health, suicide prevention and COVID-19:

View Ten Percent Happier's Coronavirus Sanity Guide:

Learn about Finding Your Calm at

Apps (Free--Click to visit website for downloading)

Insight Timer Meditation (rated #1 free app for sleep, anxiety & stress)



Simple Habit: Meditation

Stop, Breathe & Think ('5 Minutes to Peace')

Ten Percent Happier (Free for healthcare professionals using code HEALTHCARE)


Kay Heckman is a central Missouri resident who lost her daughter, Maddie, to suicide in October of 2018. Kay is passionate about sharing her story so she can touch lives and raise awareness so that others do not experience the same tragic outcome. Thank you, Kay, for your bravery in sharing your story. View Kay's video here:

Relieve Stress Through Physical Activity

Les Mills (e.g., Body Pump, Boy Flow, Body Combat, Barre, etc.) on-demand exercise classes (currently available for free)

Peloton online (currently available for free)

"50 Best Free Online Workout Resources"

Whole Life Challenge (Currently offering a free pop-up challenge for individuals or teams)

Down Dog App (Yoga, HIIT, Barre, 7-minute Exercises; currently available for free with  if using .edu email address)

Creative Ways to Socialize While Maintaining Social Distancing Precautions

Video chat with friends and family using tools like FaceTime, Android Video Chat, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and more.

Host a "Netflix Party"

Have an Online Karaoke Party

Play games via video chat with family and friends, such as charades, online scavenger hunt, digial Pictionary, digial board games and more.

Make/share TikTok videos

Make crafts with at-home materials

Write thank you emails, notes and/or texts to family and friends expressing gratitude