Most of us will struggle to maintain our mental health at some time in our lives. It can be scary to reach out for help, but I hope that if you need assistance you will look for it. I have listed a few ways that you can connect with someone for help in times of distress.
Suicide Hotlines – A list of worldwide suicide hotlines is available on Suicide.org
Crisis Lines – Your Life Counts features a list of crisis lines available worldwide on their website.
Chatting with an Active Listener – The website and app 7 Cups let’s you chat online for free with volunteer Active Listeners. This platform is not appropriate if you are feeling suicidal, in such cases please refer to the suicide hotline link.
In the longterm, the best thing you can do if you are concerned about your mental health is to access mental health services. The links provided above can be helpful in a pinch but shouldn’t be relied on longterm in place of therapy or treatment. While services can be difficult to access, it is worth exploring what is available to you. A good place to start is by talking with your doctor about what options are out there and seek referrals. I would not be alive today if it weren’t for my work with incredibly dedicated mental health professionals like psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. Please seek help if you need it.