If you do not go through at least one crisis in life, consider yourself lucky. However, most likely you or someone you know will experience some sort of circumstance where you will need to seek guidance and support whether that be from something going on mentally, emotionally, and/or physically.
Just like you would go to the doctor to fix your physical condition, the same exact concept should be applied if you are experiencing any sort of hardship mentally and emotionally. It is okay to ask for help, you are not weak although it is common to feel this way especially when you are in a vulnerable place. You are also not alone and there are many people out there who are willing and/ or trained to help you with whatever you may be experiencing- If you talk to the right people, they are not there to hurt or betray you, rather get you through this tough time.
Remember, there is nothing that you could possibly be experiencing that is “too minuscule” or “too shameful” for someone to reject helping you. If you need help, you need help and it’s best to take preventative action and/ or get you on a safety plan than have any catastrophe(s) occur.
Here are some resources to contact if you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis...
Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7): 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY for Deaf/hard of hearing).
If you are in a position where you are unable to talk on the phone, there is a chatline to connect with a trained representative (www.thehotline.org) about abuse or an abusive environment that you or someone you know is in.
National Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7): 1-800-656-4673
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, this hotline is useful to use to speak to a professional about what to do moving forward from this traumatic event.
National Child Abuse Hotline (24/7): 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-422-4453
If you are a child being abused please call this hotline or call 911. Do not be afraid, people are out to help you through this frightening and confusing time of your life. If you know of a child being abused or potentially being abused, it is your responsibility to report it to authorities. This hotline is here to walk you through the steps of what to do next.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-8255
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal or has a plan to commit suicide, please call this hotline number where you can speak to a trained professional about these feelings and anything else you are experiencing.
SAMHSA’s (Substance abuse and mental health services) National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
If you or someone you know is looking into getting into treatment for substance abuse or any mental health condition but unsure how to go about it, please call this hotline to speak to a trained staff member about an action plan and treatment options near you.
Stopitnow! Hotline: 1-888-PREVENT
If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of harming a child, this helpline strives to provide support, guidance and information to adults who wish to speak confidentially with the helpline staff. They are open Monday through Friday from 12pm to 6pm EST. The helpline is closed for standard business holidays.