When people seek support from mental health professionals, there can be a range of stigma associated with it. To work towards destigmatizing getting help with mental health-related issues, we need to establish the universality and validity of the emotions we experience every day. Although it can feel discomforting to seek mental health advice, know that there is no shame or guilt in asking for help. There’s a true beauty in seeking help and personal growth. Asking for help is understandably a difficult thing to do, but there is support and resources out there. The right kind of treatment, advice, and resources can vary from person to person because everyone has a unique experience with their mental health.
One amazing resource is HereNow, which provides support and information, answers questions, and assures readers that they are not alone. If you are in a dark place or know someone who may be experiencing these feelings, consider reaching out to a mental health professional. Keep in mind that things get better over time and your feelings are absolutely valid. Here are some confidential, and reliable recommendations for how, and where to seek help:
The national suicide prevention lifeline provides free 24/7 confidential support. The lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. They understand that everyone has a different struggle and will work with you to overcome a crisis. Help is available. If you are facing a crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Text 741741 to speak to a volunteer who has been trained to provide confidential advice, support, and referrals if needed. Available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is available 24/7 and is confidential. It provides information in both English and Spanish for those struggling with their mental health, or who knows someone struggling with mental health related issues and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local support groups, treatment facilities, and community-based organizations. The hotline number is 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
OK2TALK is an online space run by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where teens and young adults who battle with mental health conditions can talk about what they are going through by sharing personal information about themselves in a safe place. For example, personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope may be shared. Anyone can add their voice and touch to the website through many ways for example stories, photos, poems, and messages of support.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an international non-profit organization that is devoted to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD; through treatment, education, and science. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people struggling with mental health disorders. ADAA is a great resource as it helps people find treatment and support.
In order to overcome the feeling of uncertainty and the stigma associated with mental health treatment, you may consider finding a community in which you can express your ideas freely and feel as though your emotions and feelings are being validated. Communities such as HereNow can provide resources and a support system that can assist an individual in their mental health journey. Let us know if you want to get involved with HereNow!