By Anitra D.

When I was fourteen, I sat in my Primary Care physician’s exam room, describing my symptoms: sadness, anger, not feeling interested in activities that used to bring me happiness. He turned on his heel and exited the room, returning with a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Within it, The Prozac Starter Pack: a prescription, samples, and a VHS cassette from the Lilly Corporation. Thus began my personal thirty-year journey through the Wonderland of Mood-Regulating Medications. The story of SSRIs and other drugs aimed at alleviating the symptoms of Depression have been written on the folds of my brain, a new paragraph for each drug that worked, plateaued, then was tapered off for the next. I’ve seen therapists in both Indianapolis and Evansville who offer “sliding scale” payment plans – meaning you pay according to your income, and have talked through difficult periods where medications weren’t enough. There have even been those moments when 24 Hour Crisis Hotlines have been the lifeline that I reached out to in my darkest hours and the anonymous voice on the other end helped save me.

The discovery of my Asperger’s (which places me on the Autism Spectrum) and other pieces of self-discovery have helped me figure out how to best navigate my own journey. I’ve been on the same combination of medications for almost a decade and they do the job, for the most part, in keeping me on an even keel. I’ve also tapped into the New Electronic Age of Support: services like Shine (the free AM texts), which provide a daily boost to my self-esteem. And nothing has proven more effective than the collective support system known as Social Media. A quick Facebook post, limited to trusted friends, can help immeasurably when having self-doubt or a bad morning.

For National Mental Health Month, I’ve compiled both a list of titles we have at EVPL that deal with the topic of Mental Health (arranged by Adult, Teen, and Kids, both Fiction and Nonfiction), and a list of Local Resources to help you or others in need of help. There are Crisis Toll-Free Phone Lines, Text Options, Chat Links, and other local services.

I hope this information helps out when you need support or are looking to help a friend.

Anitra, EVPL Experience Facilitator

Community Mental Health Services

IN AN EMERGENCY – Call 911 or go to an Emergency Room


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255)
Indiana Mental Health and Addiction Hotline 800-662-HELP (4357)
Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare 24 Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline: (812) 422-1100
Seize The Awkward Crisis Text Line – Text SEIZE to 741741
Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255 (or Text 838255)


Information for Young Adults wanting to help a friend in Depression or Crisis. Conversation Starters included.
Seize The Awkward Crisis Text Line – Text SEIZE to 741741


Dial 211 or (866) 211-9966 – answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
https://unitedwayswi.org/2-1-1/  Chat help available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Text your ZIP Code to 898-211 (available Mon-Fri 8am-5pm)

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a navigator. Website is easily navigated and available in multiple languages. If this compilation of information doesn’t answer your request, there’s a good chance 2-1-1 will!


Domestic Violence Help Line: (812) 422-5622
Sexual Assault Help Line: (812) 424-7273
Individuals needing to use Albion’s shelter program (for all genders) should call (812) 422-9372.
Due to the nature of their work and the safety of clients, the address is not provided to the general public.

Residential Services – Emergency shelter is accessible to both males and females, as well as dependent children. Services are provided to residents of the following counties: Crawford; Dubois; Gibson; Harrison; Orange; Perry; Pike; Posey; Spencer; Vanderburgh; Warrick. Individuals seeking to utilize Albion’s shelter program should call (812) 422-9372.

“If you have experienced domestic or sexual violence, you are not alone. Albion’s advocacy, shelter, and educational courses are provided free of charge and promise confidentiality. If you have been or are currently experiencing financial abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, stalking, or sex trafficking, learn more about how each service may be able to provide you support and empowerment throughout your journey. Certain advocacy programs may work with secondary survivors, typically a close friends & family member who is looking to support someone who has or is currently being abused.”
Programs include: Legal Advocacy, Crisis Advocacy, Crisis Response, & access to Support Groups.


Map of Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and Mental Health Community Resources in Vanderburgh County: https://maphub.net/embed/29046

24 Hour Suicide Prevention/Crisis Hotline: (812) 422-1100
24 Hour Emergency Line – 812.423.7791
Stepping Stone Addiction Treatment Program – (812) 473-3144
415 Mulberry Street, Evansville, IN 47713

Emergency Services are available at any of seven outpatient offices in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties. Payment is determined on sliding scale.

Children’s Mental Health Initiatives – Office – (812) 436-4279

A partnership to help youth with intensive mental health challenges and their families. Meant to be an alternative to traditional CHINS 6 filings, the Children’s Mental Health Initiative is a new opportunity for families to access services through a unique partnership between the Department of Child Services (DCS) and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). Provides a full range of both inpatient and outpatient mental health services, including assessment and evaluation, psychotherapy, addiction treatments, case management, counseling, and referrals.


John St.- Woodson Homeless Health Clinic
501 John Street
Suite 12
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 436-0224

Main Campus
315 Mulberry Street
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 421–7489

Division Street Family Clinic
25 W. Division St.
Evansville, IN 47708
(812) 436–0205

Pediatric and Prenatal Clinic
316 Chandler Ave
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 436–4501

Licensed Certified Social Workers provide assistance for adults and children struggling to cope with mental health and adults needing help with substance abuse. A Behavioral Health Community worker can assist high risk patients by facilitating the transition from hospital to home, establishing care with a primary medical home, transportation assistance and home visits.

Center: (812) 436-4320
Office: (812) 436-4352
410 Mulberry Street, Evansville, IN 47713

“Peace Zone, founded in 2012, is a peer-run recovery center that reaches out to individuals 18+ who are struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues. Peace Zone is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides valuable programs and recovery support groups, arts empowerment opportunities, peer-mentoring, poetry, journaling & other wellness groups, as well as hospital outreach and community educational forums that are free and open the public.

“Peace Zone’s mission is to promote mental health wellness and recovery and to educate the community about mental health issues.”

4488 Roslin Road
Newburgh, IN 47630
(812) 858-7200
Transportation to treatment is provided for Gibson, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties.

Offers outpatient mental health and addiction services for adolescents and adults, ranging from partial hospitalization to intensive outpatient treatment. 48-bed inpatient unit for persons in need of intensive psychiatric treatment in a highly controlled and monitored setting.

7200 East Indiana Street
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 476-7200
(800) 947-6789
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Programs. Outpatient Group Therapy for Drug and/or Alcohol Issues. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Withdrawal.

3700 Washington Avenue
Evansville, Indiana 47750
Stress Center – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – 800-872-2210 or 812-485-4000

2015 Maxwell Avenue
Evansville, IN 47711-4359
Phone: (812) 422-7974
Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry, Psychological Testing, Professional Counseling Services, Registered Play Therapy.

655 S Hebron Ave,
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 471-1776
Mental Health Counseling for Children, Adults, and Families.


Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255, press 1 (text 838255)
Confidential Veterans Chat: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx?account=Veterans%20Chat/

Where to get help for PTSD: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/where-to-get-help.asp

Marion VA Medical Center
2401 West Main St
Marion, IL 62959
Care Line: M-F 8:00a – 4:30p 866-289-3300
Care Line: After Hours 800-574-8387 ext 54555

Evansville VA Health Care Center
6211 E. Waterford Blvd
Evansville, IN 47715


Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Indiana Mental Health and Addiction Hotline 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

The following are providers who coordinate with Indiana FSSA to help individuals connect with needed Addiction Treatment Services

Evansville Treatment Center, LLC
1510 W. Franklin St.
Evansville, IN 47710
(866) 369-5540
Opioid Addiction Services: Adult Men, Women, & Pregnant Women. Detoxification Services.

N.O.W. Counseling Services, LLC
1010 S. Weinbach Ave.
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 602-4022
Addiction Outpatient Services: Adult Men, Women, & Pregnant Women

Self Refind – Spero Health Of Kentucky, LLC
4847 E. Virginia St.
Evansville, IN 47715
(812) 618-9622
Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse Education Services
734 W. Delaware St.
Ste. 206
Evansville, IN 47710
(812) 402-4710
Addiction Outpatient Services: Adult Men & Women

Volunteers of America of Indiana, Inc. – Behavioral Health – Evansville
501 John St, Ste. 9
Evansville, IN 47713
(812) 423-1949
Addiction Outpatient Services: Adult Men & Women


420 Mulberry Street
Evansville, Indiana 47713
Public Health Emergency Contact Available 24/7 (812) 435-2400


For more information or to register for programs call Supervisor of Health Promotions at (812) 435-5807.

Free Nicotine Patch Program
Offers six weeks of Free Nicotine Patches to help smokers quit.
To be eligible the participant must: Be 18 years old, smoke at least one-pack a day, attend four one-hour classes.
See website for additional information.

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free
Our program is successful in helping women quit smoking for good, resulting in improved birth outcomes and long-term positive outcomes for women, children, and their families. See website or call for additional information.

420 Mulberry St, 2nd Floor
Evansville, IN 47713
Phone: (812) 435-5765

The goal of the Public Health Nursing and Outreach Services is to work in partnership with the community to promote and preserve health and prevent disease. Services Provided: Home Visitation; Health Assessment & Appropriate Referrals; Education; Free Pregnancy Testing; Prenatal Care Coordination; Lead Case Management; Support and Empowerment.

420 Mulberry St, 2nd Floor
Evansville, IN 47713
Phone: (812) 435-5765

Specializing in services for pregnant teens and other women in high-risk pregnancies. They assess prenatal needs, identify problems, and refer to the proper medical providers. They teach infant care techniques, parenting skills, and development and help each woman prepare for a healthy labor and delivery.

Free Walk-in Pregnancy tests: Monday-Friday, 8:15 am – 11:00 am, Monday-Thursday, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
For further information or to make a referral please call (812) 435-5765.

420 Mulberry Street
Evansville, IN 47713
Phone: (812) 435-5695

To arrange for a Lead Blood Test for your Child
Ask your pediatrician to have your child tested or call the Vanderburgh County Health Department to schedule a free blood lead test. To schedule an appointment at the Health Department, and for more information, Call (812)435-5568.

CAPE Lead Hazards Control Program

This program is funded by US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) through Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA). The program is designed to correct areas of the home, both interior, exterior and ground soil that may have the presence of lead-based paint.

Only homes located in the following areas are eligible: Rural Vanderburgh (outside the city limits of Evansville); Gibson County; Posey County. To receive assistance properties must be: single family home (manufactured homes are required to be permanently secured to foundation and the owner must own the land); able to meet eligibility, ownership, homeowner insurance and property tax requirements

For more information or to apply for the program contact Tehiji Crenshaw at (812) 492-3951.


700 E. Walnut Street
Evansville, IN 47713-2561
Phone: 812-425-1367
Toll Free: 877-715-5299
Toll Free Fax: 855-455-4258
Counties: Gibson, Posey & Vanderburgh

The following are providers who coordinate with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Indiana FSSA to help individuals connect with needed Mental Health services: https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Pick_List_-_Vanderburgh_County.pdf

Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
3701 Bellemeade Ave
Evansville, IN 47714
(812) 479-1411

Evansville Association for the Blind
500 Second Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710

Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc.
500 South Green River Road
Evansville, IN 47715

Help the World Foundation
200 Inglefield Road
Evansville, In 47725
(855) 435-7810
(812) 470-1140

The Mentor Network – TSI
6301 Old Boonville Highway
Suite B
Evansville, IN 47715
Phone 812-473-5718
Fax 812-475-9964

(Normal Life of Southern Indiana)
414 S. Fares Ave
Evansville, IN 47714
Bobbie Sublett (812) 602-6140

Sycamore Services
Vanderburgh County – Evansville
1510 N. Weinbach Avenue
Evansville, IN 47707
Phone (812) 421-0847
Fax (812 475-2250

The Arc of Evansville
615 W. Virginia Street
Evansville, IN 47710


Blue River Services, Inc.
1365 Old Highway 135 Northwest
Corydon, IN 47112
Phone 812-738-2408
TTY 812-738-3526 or 855-824-5655
Fax 812-738-6281

Child Adult Resource Services, Inc. (C.A.R.S.)
210 North Dormeyer Avenue
Rockville, IN 47872
Phone 765-569-2076
Fax 765-569-3444

Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, Inc. (SIRS, Inc.)
1579 South Folsomville Road
Boonville, IN 47601
Warrick/Vanderburgh: 812-897-4853; Ext. 20


412 Mulberry Street
Evansville, IN 47731
Mon-Thurs 7:30am-3:30pm CT
(812) 426-2640

Description: Offers mental health information, referrals, educational resources, and training. Advocates on behalf of adults and children with mental and emotional disorders and their families. Promotes increased public awareness on mental health issues and lobbies for public and private policies that protect the rights and well-being of persons with mental illness.

SERVICE PHONE: (812) 426-2640
Description: Provides limited financial assistance for a 30-day supply of psychiatric medication for uninsured adults in need. **Limited service area – Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, or Warrick County** Call for more information.

EVPL Titles on Mental Health


Are U Ok? : A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health : How to Know If You Need Help & Where to Find It by Kati Morton, LMFT

I Never Called It Rape : The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape by Robin Warshaw ; preface by Gloria Steinem ; foreword to the 2019 edition by Salamishah Tillet, PhD ; after and epilogue by Mary P. Koss, PhD

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy : 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health Edited by Kelly Jensen

There is No Right Way to Meditate by Yumi SakugAWA

Soft Spots: A Marine’s Memoir of Combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Clint Van Winkle

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Adult and Teen Graphic Novels

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green

Teen Fiction

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga  (Trigger Warning: Suicide)

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (Trigger Warning: Suicide)

Teen Nonfiction

Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive by Jacqueline B. Toner

Elena vanishing : A Memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz

Conquering Negative Body Image by Viola Jones and Edward Willett

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Owl and Fox Fisher ; with illustrations by Fox Fisher

I Don’t Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz

The Truth About Anxiety and Depression by Heather Denkmire, principal author ; John Perritano, contributing author ; Robert N. Golden, general editor, Fred L. Peterson, general editor.

The PTSD Survival Guide for Teens : Strategies to Overcome Trauma, Build Resilience & Take Back Your Life by Sheela Raja and Jaya Raja Ashrafi

Coping with Gender Dysphoria by Ellen McGrody

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: A Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life by Joseph V. Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes, and Ann Bailey

Superhero Therapy : Mindfulness Skills to Help Teens & Young Adults Deal with Anxiety, Depression & Trauma by Janina Scarlet, PhD; illustrated by Wellinton Alves

The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls: A Guide to Recovery from Sexual Assault & Abuse by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC & Sheela Raja, PhD

Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened To Me ; No. 50) by Tabone, Francis

Med Head: My Knock-down, Drag-out, Drugged-up Battle with My Brain by James Patterson

Finding My Way : A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma by Michelle D. Sherman, DeAnne M. Sherman

Episodes: My Life as I See It by Blaze Ginsberg

Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Wanted to Know about Bipolar But Were Too Freaked Out to Ask by Hilary T. Smith

Teen Fiction

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Paperweight by Meg Haston

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Kids Nonfiction

Depression by Jennifer Rozines Roy

The Eating Disorders Update: Understanding Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn

Kids Fiction

Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller 

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall 

OCDaniel by Wesley King 

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson 

How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby 

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks

Online Resource List for this Compilation

Anitra D.
Experience Facilitator

Anitra D.

Anitra is a Ravenclaw, Wolfrider, Actress, and Artist. She indulges in News Subscriptions & is pretty handy at Trivia Nights.

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