Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources To Help

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I’ve always been an advocate for mental health. And due to our current climate, we’re seeing a huge effect on mental health – even to those who have never suffered before. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to provide some resources to help you know you’re not alone. Whether it’s meditation, talking to someone, or just taking a breath, there are lots of ways to cope during this extremely difficult time.

Keep scrolling to see all the resources available – through apps, hotlines and websites – to help you deal with your mental health.

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APPS

 

Headspace

Featuring tools for meditation, mindfulness, reducing stress, and improving sleep. The app is also available for free for a year to anyone who is unemployed. 

 

Lyf App

Lyf is a social media app where users share highly personal aspects of themselves without the fear of judgment. You can feel free be yourself or write anonymously while receiving support.

 

What’s Up?

An app utilising CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)  methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and more.

 

HOTLINES

 

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

 

The Mental Health Coalition

Text COALITION to Crisis Text Line at 741741

 

Direct Online and Phone Support Services for LGBTQ Youth

The Human Rights Campaign compiled some resources that LGBTQ youth and their parents/guardians can access online or by phone.

 

Crisis Text Line

Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

 

The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. 

 

Trans Lifeline

Dial 877-565-8860 for US and 877-330-6366 for Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.

 

Warmlines

Unlike a hotline for those in immediate crisis, warmlines provide early intervention with emotional support that can prevent a crisis. The lines are typically free, confidential peer-support services staffed by those who have experienced mental health conditions themselves. 

WEBSITES

 

Shine

Resources for anxiety and overall mental health specific to COVID-19.

 

Smithsonian Workshop: Meditation and Mindfulness

The Smithsonian Institution is offering free 30-minute online meditations four times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. These free sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners, with no previous experience required.

 

Heroes Helping Heroes

A free emotional health resource to help healthcare heroes fighting COVID-19. Developed by Dr. Deepika Chopra, the site provides holistic and science-based tools that support emotional wellness, aid to decrease stress and promote optimism.

 

Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition

Resources and free support from US mental health providers.

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  2. This is a loving thing to do and a very valuable resource. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for reading. Hope they helped you or a loved one xx -B

  3. THANK YOU for creating space for positive attention for Mental Health. I particularly appreciated your inclusion of LGBTQ+ resources, as that is an area of personal and professional specialty as well.
    I’m the Co-Owner and Licensed Clinician of a Somatic-Based Mental Health Care Center in Southern California. During this time of increased distress, our team created personal videos, blogs, on-line support groups and webinars about Healing Trauma = Brain + Body + Love. We’ve received many thank you’s and appreciation for the information we’ve been sharing, from as far away as Florida and Germany. I hope you’ll take a look and share with others…
    Thank you for all you are doing to help our world. ❤