Having the courage to ask for help when you need it is a strong indicator that love would like to lead the way. Listen to that inclination, and use these resources if you need support, connection, encouragement, validation, expression, or a reason to keep going.
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Love is a strength, and it’s at the core of who you really are, no matter what’s going through your head.
Reaching out is a strength too.
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Resources, Guidance, and Support for You and Your Loved Ones
In an Emergency:
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911, notify the operator that this is a psychiatric emergency, and request an officer trained in crisis intervention.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you are in crisis. Provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- Crisis Text Line. Text HOME to 741-741 or visit Crisis Text Line for fast support. Offers 24/7 support through trained, compassionate counselors. You can also apply to be a volunteer counselor.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Text NAMI to 741-741. Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. This is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public
- Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS). Call 1-844-359-5182 for 24/7 help with addiction, substance abuse, an eating disorder, or another mental health struggle. DrugRehab.com is their web resource dedicated to spreading awareness, offering treatment, and answering questions. Find a rehab center and discover support options.
- National Runaway Safeline. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) to immediately share your story with a compassionate person and build a plan together. Visit the website to use the online chat service, post questions or thoughts in the forum, or become a volunteer.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) for free and confidential 24/7 support. Learn more about RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and find local sexual assault service providers across the country.
- The Trevor Project. The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 anytime, text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, or visit the website for more guidance.
- National Eating Disorder Association. Call the confidential helpline at 1-800-931-2237 Monday—Thursday from 9 AM to 9 PM and Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Find treatment options and additional resources on the website.
- Veteran Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-8255 or text to 838255 to connect with a qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responder, 24/7/365. Visit the website to chat online, take a self-check quiz, identify warning signs, and consult more resources.
- National Veterans Foundation’s Lifeline for Vets. Call or text 1-888-777-4443 for assistance Monday—Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Visit the website for many more resources and benefits.
Mental health resources:
- Bradley University Mental Health and Wellness Guide. This “counselor’s guide” features an array of helpful resources on the topics of: depression; suicide prevention; eating disorders; alcohol and drug abuse prevention; anxiety and stress management; and nutrition and health.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Find support here.
- Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Offers an array of online mental health resources for adolescents and young adults, including peer networks, support groups, helplines, treatment locators, and advocacy opportunities.
- National Institute for Mental Health. Find support, find a healthcare provider or treatment in your area, learn more about mental disorders, or contact a health information specialist.
- To Write Love On Her Arms. TWLOHA is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
- Madison Holleran Foundation. The primary mission is to prevent suicides and to assist those in a crisis situation with phone numbers and resources. The foundation focuses on preparing high school seniors and college freshmen for what can be a very difficult transition period. Learn more about Madison.
- Active Minds. The leading nonprofit organization empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. Learn more.
Rehabilitation and recovery:
- Rehabs.com. This is a wonderful online resource for finding the right clinic for you or a loved one who wants to get clean and sober, whether the addiction is to alcohol, illicit or prescription drugs, or concerns behavioral health issues. Here’s a listing of clinics in Massachusetts, but you can search anywhere in the country or the top-rated clinics in the country. Call their helpline (1-888-633-0212) for confidential treatment options.
- Recovery.org. Search by city or state to locate an alcohol treatment and drug addiction center. Sift through reviews, areas of focus, and financial options to find the right solution for you or a loved one. Here are centers in Massachusetts, but you can scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for your state.
- RehabCenter.net. Along with a 24-hour helpline, you can find a comprehensive resource library on substance use disorders, new developments in addiction medicine, and long-term recovery options. Here is their Massachusetts treatment locator listed by county.
- ConsumerAffairs.com. This website features a free drug and alcohol rehab guide that offers: what to consider when choosing a drug and alcohol rehab center; information on the different types of alcohol and drug rehab centers; and verified consumer and expert reviews.
- AlchoholTreatment.net. This website offers a guide detailing the connection between suicidal thoughts and alcohol use and provides information on how one can begin to recover as well as ways of finding help and support.
- The Sleep Help Institute. This organization spreads awareness of sleep health and wellness, offering an informative guide about the relationship between addiction and sleep along with other helpful resources for children, seniors, and others suffering from sleep trouble.
Assistance for service members and their families:
- Wounded Warrior Project. The organization’s mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors by: connecting warriors to peers, programs, and communities; serving through free, life-changing programs; and empowering warriors to live life to the fullest. Learn more.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one, from one survivor to another. Visit the website for a whole host of support, find events, read stories, and connect with others.
- The Real Warriors Campaign. The mission of this campaign is to support the promotion of psychological health, reduce the stigma of psychological health concerns, and encourage help-seeking behavior for service members, veterans, and their families.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. The home page for the Department of Veterans Affairs provides links to benefits and services. This page offers treatment suggestions for PTSD.
- National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. For homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless, this website point to services, programs, and other help that is available.
- SingleMothersGrants.org. This site helps financially disadvantaged families with finding assistance programs. Their directory lists assistance programs that help with utility, energy, housing, mortgage, rent, medication, education, and child care, among others.
- vpnMentor shared this empowering internet safety guide written for women by women, providing invaluable insight and tools to help women protect themselves online without needing to disengage or disconnect.
If you know of any other organizations, groups, and resources that you think would be a good fit for this space, please let me know.
You are always welcome to send me a message for any reason whatsoever. We are here together, and you are not alone. I promise.
All my love,