When you are struggling with mental illness, please do not think you can handle it alone. Seek help. Reach out to someone near you whom you trust, a friend, a family member, a peer. Make sure it is a safe person who will help you find the resources you need.
Mental illness requires a holistic approach. A combination of medical, psychological and spiritual care is important. But where do you start?
The following list is a resource for anyone who is struggling or knows someone who is struggling. If you are a pastor, a lay leader, an employer or a friend, bookmark this page and let those around you know that you are a safe person to come to for help. You, friend, are on the front line. Your kindness and your willingness to be ready may just be the very lifeline your loved one needs the most.
- If you are in the middle of a crisis, step one is to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
- If you are contemplating suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
- If you suspect someone is thinking about suicide, read How to Ask Someone About Suicide.
- Discover which churches in your area are talking openly about mental health illness and are offering support. If you are in Valrico, Florida, Centerpoint Church provides counseling and additional resources. Call your local churches and ask their stance on mental health before sending your loved one. If they believe in a holistic approach that includes medical professionals, then ask them about their counseling services.
- Find a good health professional in your area. Mental Health America provides resources that help you find and pay for the treatments you need.
- Find online support that is free, anonymous and confidential at 7 Cups of Tea.
- Not everyone wants help. If you are a parent of an adult with mental illness, read 4 Steps to Help Someone When They Don’t Want It,
- Dasium helps teens and young adults at risk for depression, addiction and suicide find hope.
- Parents: Pick up a copy of Warning SIgns: A Parenting Guide for Discovering If Your Teen Is at Risk for Depression, Addiction or Suicide.
Please reach out. This is a journey you should not, and do not have to, take alone.
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