Are you or someone you love experiencing a mental health crisis or just generally in need?
If you’re not sure, some general warning signs to look for in yourself or others can be found through this tip sheet by the NIMH here
Here are some places that will help:
**If you are in crisis and need help: call this toll-free number, available 24 hours a day, every day 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , a service available to anyone. You may call for yourself or for someone you care about and all calls are confidential. You can also visit the Lifeline’s website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text trained Crisis Counselors about anything that’s on your mind from anywhere in the USA. Learn more at http://www.crisistextline.org/
Text “GO” to 741741
Free, 24/7, confidential.
IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain. Learn more at www.IMALIVE.org The first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention.
Education, Advocacy, and Support
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Established in 1979, NAMI is an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI provides education (to families, individuals, and educators); advocacy (shaping national public policy for people with mental illness); listening (toll-free NAMI HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or firstname.lastname@example.org); support (peer and family run support groups, individual assistance available); and leadership (Public awareness events, activities, and fundraisers)
The National Institute of Mental Health is an invaluable resource! They have so much information there, related to so many different diseases, causes, and different topics that I cannot begin to list them here. Their tagline is simply: “Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses”.