If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues please reach out for help. You’re not alone in your struggle:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great place to start. Compassionate crisis counselors are available 24/7 to talk with anyone who is having thoughts of suicide or knows someone who is.
Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7). Press 1 for Veterans Crisis, Press 2 for counseling in Español.
One of the best things about the Lifeline’s website is their “Help Someone Else” feature. If you know someone who is thinking of suicide there’s a lot of useful information here, as well as clear-cut, step-by-step directions on how to report suicidal content on social media.
The TREVOR Project is a great resource for LGBTQIA+ youth and their families. Counselors are available round-the-clock and ready to listen with open minds and hearts. You don’t have to be a teen to use the line but please understand that teens in crisis are their focus and will be given priority.
Call 1-866-488-7386 (24/7).
RAINN: If you have been the victim of sexual assault please know that there are people out there that want to help you. Contact the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network to speak with counselors specifically trained to speak with survivors.
Call 1-800-656-4673 (24/7).
211.ORG: There are also local crisis hotlines and centers that cater to both youth and adults, dial 2-1-1 from your location to speak to a local resource specialist or use their website to find assistance in your area: http://211.org.
Unfortunately they’re not available 24/7 in some states so when in doubt if it’s not an emergency but you need to speak to someone at an odd hour try one of the three lines I mention above.*
(And when all else fails, if it’s not an emergency and you just need someone to talk to, you can always reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to respond within 24 hours and I genuinely give a crap whether you live or die.)
*Seriously, if you or someone you know is in an active suicide attempt call 911.*