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recent mental health

When Depression Shows Her Face

Why is Depression so heavy? Hanging around in the pit of my stomach, a pulsating orb, a cancer re-emerging after remission. The sorrow is physically ...

I Can’t Stop Picking At My Skin

Mom liked to redecorate and renovate. She decked out the main bathroom in blue and put up yellow and blue wallpaper. The dated linoleum floor ...

Opioids, Dissociation, and PTSD – The Shocking Connections

In the 19th century, the psychologist Ernest Hilgard was interested in hypnosis. In his research, he discovered that consciousness levels shift during hypnosis and that ...

Social Anxiety and Racing Thoughts

I’m at the park again. I sit, hunched over my coverless journal. I ripped the front and back off in a drunken fit of rage ...

Advice for Traveling with Chronic Illness

Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash Chronic illness has a significant stigma attached to it. A lot of chronic health issues go undiagnosed for years. Even ...

What Donald Trump’s Presidency Could Mean for Mental Health

Donald Trump is the President-Elect, and it is not good news for mental health care. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who had a comprehensive mental-health-care program as ...

domestic violence

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of Abusers

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of an Abuser Isolation is the number one tool used by abusers. Isolation breeds desperation nurtured in an environment where an ...

The Truth About Sexual Assault

quick facts on sexual violence in the united states what is sexual violence? sexual violence is both physical and psychological, it encompasses violent and non-consensual ...

Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

One thing about trauma in PTSD is that it starts to show itself when you're safe(r) than before. Our brains are working on overdrive trying ...

Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

Photo by Abdi Lopez on Unsplash So, you're in a relationship, and something feels off. You don't know what it is, but you have an ...

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

Photo by Jake Davies on Unsplash TW: Sexual assault Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: consent. Consent can ...

Where to Get Help for Suicide or a Mental Health Crisis

EMERGENCY RESOURCES AND CRISIS CONTACTS This page contains resources and contacts for crisis intervention and support. The focus with the information here is to provide ...

addictions

Is Dad Drinking Again?

“Are you drinking again?” I said it. It was out. I read somewhere to never let your ideas go because then they become part of ...

I Just Want To Drink

Ever feel like you are just floating along an out of control current? Or perhaps it’s more like being surrounded by calmness but feeling intensely ...

The Importance of Women’s Recovery Spaces

Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash Unbeknownst to me, what I needed was the company of people who were not men. Women’s meetings gave me ...

Is It Possible to Stay Clean Without Getting Sober?

Photo by Greta Schölderle Møller on Unsplash Anything is possible, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Physical dependence and substance use disorders are distinct conditions. Physical ...

Teaching Kids About Drugs: Alternatives to DARE

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash I remember the D.A.R.E. logo being plastered on posters hung in the hallways at school. At one point, I owned ...

Recovery Sayings One Day at a Time

Recovery Sayings When I started my recovery journey and started going to 12-step meetings I couldn't sit still. I literally couldn't sit still. I am ...

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emergency contacts

Domestic Violence

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

200 languages (USA based)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
Online chat

hotline.org

1-866-879-6636 (USWOMEN)

International toll-free
pathwaystosafety.org

Suicide Prevention

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Connect with a local crisis center (USA based)
TTY 1-800-799-4889
Online chat
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

IMAlive

Virtual crisis center
imalive.org

International

Listings of suicide hotlines worldwide
suicide.org
Wiki listing

Young People

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here
 

1-866-331-9474

Help with dating abuse for teens (USA based)
Online chat
Text “LOVEIS” to 22522
loveisrespect.org

1-800-422-4453 (4-A-Child)

Child abuse hotline (USA based)
childhelp.org

1-866-488-7386

LGBTQ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention
Online chat
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
thetrevorproject.org

Crisis Support

In an emergency call 911
Find more resources here

Crisis Text Line

24/7 support
Text: “HOME” to 741741
crisistextline.org

1-800-273-8255

Crisis call center (USA based)
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
crisiscallcenter.org