For World Mental Health Day, I’ve been reflecting on my struggle with anxiety. Whether it’s making a deadline for a paper or taking care of my day-to-day work, I find myself with constant, heavy anxious feelings. When my anxiety tries to get the best out of me, I have to give myself a little “me” time. For example, if I’m feeling the intense anxiety, I try to dedicate about three hours to myself with no phone. I also try to enjoy time with my family, catch up on a Netflix show, or do my skincare routine.
I’ve been working on giving myself the space to not let my emotions and anxiety get the best of me. What helps me with this is remembering that even though I love “me” time, that I don’t have to handle this on my own. So many of us face these mental health problems, but that doesn’t mean we have to deal with it alone. This has been especially difficult during 2020, because being stuck at home during a pandemic can never be easy on the mind.
Today, October 10th, is World Mental Health Day. This year’s goal for the World Health Organization is to increase our investment in mental health. This includes Investing in getting the tools and resources you need to help you, especially during a pandemic. It’s important to remind yourself and the people around you that nothing is wrong with going to therapy. Mental health is super important, especially in the black community.
Our own mental health is our responsibility, but we are not alone in this journey. Reach out to your friends, take time for yourself, enjoy time with your family, and always remember there is help for you. If you or someone in your life is struggling with mental health, there are many forms of support and resources to help. For World Mental Health Day, we’ve provided some free, easy resources and sites you can use to help during this time.
Free Resources and Tools to Help
Mental Health America is a community-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with all sorts of mental illness. They also work to promote the overall mental health of people in our country. Their website provides tons of resources that can help you navigate your struggles with mental health.
Mental Health America offers free mental health screenings for everyone. This is a simple way to determine whether or not you have symptoms of a certain mental health struggle. You can take a screening here on their website.
If you are or someone you know is in crisis, regardless if you or someone you know is considering suicide or not, please call the toll-free Lifeline to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7. You can also visit the website to learn more about The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Connect with a trained Crisis Counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. You can Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Counselor. You can also visit the website for more details about Crisis Text line.
Mental Health America Warmlines is a listening line run by people in recovery themselves. If you just need to speak to someone, Warmlines can provide early intervention and emotional support. To see if there is a Warmline in your area, check out their website for more details.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service for individuals or families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. It provides referrals to local treatment facilities and community-based organizations. You can also visit the online treatment locations and Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Veterans Crisis Line
Veterans can have mental health problems like any other people in the world. If you are a Veteran in crisis or know someone who is a veteran, there are caring and qualified VA responders standing by to help 24/7. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential line that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
You can visit their website or call their number at 1-800-273-8255/ text 838255.
The Trevor Project Lifeline receives over 45,000 calls each year assisting LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project Lifeline is a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, you can call the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 and visit their website.
The world of mental health is complicated and difficult to navigate. The Nami HelpLine staff can provide you with answers to your questions about mental health symptoms, treatments, support groups, and more. You can reach The Nami HelpLine Monday through Friday, 10am – 6pm ET at 1-800-950-NAMI.
Remember if you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911. There are resources to help you. Ask your family and friends for what you need, or call any of these hotlines to help you through this. You are not alone in this! Help is always here.