Mental illness is among the most intangible and terrifying health conditions to face. You do not have to face it alone. Whether you are struggling with your own mental health or trying to learn how to help a friend, any one of the following organizations can offer advice. Please, pretty please, contact them if you find yourself struggling.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7. Call 1 (800) 273-8255 if you are in the United States and feel you are in danger. You can also call 911 or bring yourself to the nearest emergency room for suicidal ideation.
- A list of International Suicide Hotlines was compiled by Suicide.org.
- How To Get Mental Health Help from MentalHealth.Gov, which includes aid for veterans and servicios en español, for my fellow native Spanish speakers.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness Support section that offers a helpline (1-800-950-6264), a smartphone app, and educational programs in various states.
- Counseling is always a good idea. Psychology Today can help you find counselors throughout the United States and Canada.
You might not like yourself right now, or tomorrow, or next week. But you deserve the opportunity– however crazy and remote that opportunity might seem– to feel whole. Take your mental health seriously, visit a physician or therapist if you begin to suspect you are not well, and contact a suicide helpline or 911 if you feel that you are in immediate danger.
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