Especially during the holiday season, people may feel alone, left out, or isolated. Maybe you’ve recently moved, are deployed military, or are emotionally or geographically separated from loved ones.
Whatever your life circumstances, please remember you are NOT alone. There are people willing to help you all around you.
Who can you talk to?
Family, friends, neighbors
Mental Health Professional – psychologist, social worker, psychiatrist, counselor
Faith based person – Chaplain, Father, Rabbi, Deacon, Priest, Imam, etc.
Your company EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
In many states, dialing “211” provides a shortcut through what can be a maze of health and human service agency phone numbers. By dialing 211, those in need of assistance can be referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations.
Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.
If you are feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK. Or you can text or use their chat room to talk with someone. They also have Spanish speakers available plus you can contact the Lifeline via TTY by dialing 800-799-4889 if you are hard of hearing.
If you are a veteran and feeling suicidal, call the above number (1-800-273-TALK), then press “1” and you will directed to someone who understands the military.
If you are a first responder, call Safe Call Now at 1-206-459-3020 or the Code 9 Project at 1-(929) 244-9911 to speak with someone who has first responder experience.
This is just a sampling of resources.
What other resources would you recommend?