Have you ever felt that you need to talk to someone but you don’t know where to turn? Did you ever think of calling a Crisis Hotline? Maybe you don’t think you are in crisis. You don’t want to ‘bother’ someone if it’s not really an emergency. Maybe you’re embarrassed. Right?
You don’t need to be experiencing a crisis to contact a crisis hotline. At most of these hotlines, the volunteers and counselors who answer calls, texts and chat messages are trained to help someone in crisis. But you can also reach out if you’re feeling sad, anxious or stressed and don’t know where to turn.
These hotlines also serve friends, family members and loved ones of someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, domestic violence, abuse, addiction and many other issues.
Even if someone at the crisis hotline cannot help you with your specific needs, they can point you to the right resources that can. No one will ever make you feel bad for trying to get help, and no concern is too trivial or small. If it feels hard for you to manage, it’s worth reaching out.
There is a list of phone numbers, text numbers, websites and more ways to contact someone for help on my Mental Health Help page HERE. Below are a few of those.
The Suicide Prevention Hotline in the US, available 24/7, is 988. If you have any problem with this #, please dial the old # 1-800-273-8255.
Is talking to someone too much for you? It was for me in the past. There is a Crisis Text Line. Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.
Want to do an online chat? There’s a site for that too. Find it HERE.
You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.
As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤