May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 15, 2024


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Our library has many titles that explain the legal aspects of mental health issues. These books can be helpful whether you’re a lawyer representing a client or a family member caring for a loved one. 

Below we recommend several titles related to mental health. Topics include guardianship, elder law, special education, veterans’ resources, and more. Texas residents can access these e-books remotely with a free library account.  

Mental Health Law

Veterans Resources


Elder Law

Special Education

Youth and Mental Health

Criminal Justice and Mental Health

Well-Being for Lawyers

Crisis Hotlines

If you are struggling with mental illness or a mental health crisis, there are resources that can help. Below we list hotlines that are available via phone, text, or chat. 

  • The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program is a Texas nonprofit that helps lawyers, law students, and legal professionals with mental health and substance abuse problems. They offer several ways to get help, including a 24/7 phone support line, support for treatment, and recommendations for therapists.  
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national suicide and emotional support hotline. This free and confidential service can be reached by calling or texting 988. Chat services are also available.  
  • The Crisis Text Line is a national mental health crisis hotline that offers free and confidential support. Text HOME to 741741 to get started or chat with them directly online.
  • For local options, the Texas Department of Health & Human Services has a list of mental health hotlines in Texas.  
  • The Veterans Crisis Line can provide 24/7 confidential crisis support for military veterans and their families. This service is available via chat, text, and over the phone. Call 988 and press 1 or text 838255 to get started.  
  • The Trevor Project is a crisis hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. They can be reached via chat, over the phone, or through text. Call (877) 565-8860 or text START to 678678.  

Legal Help

Legal aid organizations can sometimes offer legal support and representation to individuals experiencing mental health issues or disabilities. They include:

We have more links to legal aid organizations and advocacy groups on our Legal Help guide. If you’d like to hire a lawyer, check out our Find a Lawyer guide for places to get started. 

 Find More Information

Search our library catalog or browse the Digital Collections to find more resources. Our guides have additional information about various legal topics.  

We're happy to help you find answers to any additional questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us for research assistance. 

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