I receive many emails each day from supporters of mine who are struggling. I want more than anything to be able to help each person individually, but I have found that because I care about each of you SO DAMN MUCH, that oftentimes I end up becoming incredibly overwhelmed because I can't help but to absorb your pain.
I will continue responding to your emails, but if for some reason you need help/support sooner than I am able to give it -- I am making a list of cool resources that you might find helpful.
I am not affiliated with any of these in ANY way, and I receive nothing from any of them for mentioning them. I have just done a little digging to compile these so you don't have to, because I love your freaking FACE off.
You are never alone, I promise you that.
Crisis Text Line - If you are feeling suicidal, depressed, like you want to harm yourself, or just need someone to talk to, you can text 741741 from your phone and an ACTUAL human being will be there for you. Or call 1-800-273-8255.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - If you feel alone and like you are at the end of your rope, call this number 1-800-273-8255.
211.org - This website offers resources for those struggling with food, shelter, utilities and more. Check out the website or dial 211 from you phone.
SAMHSA - This website provides information about ALL mental health and addiction, it has a treatment locator, information about grants for treatment, and many other resources.
Thehotline.org (Domestic Violence) - This website helps define domestic violence and offers opportunities for you to determine if you are in an abusive situation. It also offers resources to get you to safety if you are ready. Click the link or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: If you happen to be having an anxiety attack between the hours of 10am and 6pm est (lol) you can call this number 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) and they will answer questions about the following:
- Symptoms of mental health conditions
- Treatment options
- Local support groups and services
- Education programs
- Helping family members get treatment
- Programs to help find jobs
NA.org - information and resources about the 12-step program Narcotics Anonymous.
Nar-Anon - Resources for loved ones of addicts.
Al-Anon - Resources for loved ones of those struggling with alcohol abuse.
AA.org - information and resources about the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous.
OA.org - information and resources for the program that helps those who struggle with overeating.
Gambling Addiction Resources - If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling addiction, this site offers information and resources.
The Military Crisis Line - text-messaging service, and online chat provide free VA support for all Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all Veterans, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Text 838255 Call 1-800- 273-8255 and press 1.
Facebook Support Groups
Again, I am not affiliated with any of these groups, I haven't been a member and just searched them out. You will have your own experiences, but I have found it incredibly therapeutic to gain insight from others who share similar experiences. It helps to know you aren't alone. (If you own one of the groups I mention and would like to be removed from the list, please let me know!) Feel free to search out your own group to find a community that fits <3
BONUS LINKS FOR FUN
These websites make me happy when I'm feeling down. They don't know I exist and I'm not affiliated with them in any way. I just wanted to share because I love you.
goodnewsnetwork.org/ - For happy and positive news articles (for a change)
Happy News (Hero Stories) - Cool lil articles about everyday heroes!
You're Getting Old - Enter your birthdate and find out a bunch of fun facts about the day you were born. Cuz why the hell not. LOL.
TED - I love going here for insight, strength and inspiration.
Damn You Autocorrect - These just make me so happy for some reason.
Postsecret - I've been visiting this website since like high school. It's not for everyone. For some reason I am incredibly fascinated by the dark secrets of others. People anonymously mail a secret in, and they are oftentimes shocking, heartbreaking and some -- strangely relatable.
Awkward Family photos - enough said.
Pixelthoughts - a really cool 60 second meditation exercise.