There are so many ways to feel supported and connected. And I know everyone has different needs. I put together a list of a few of my favorites, where you can find connection and support, take a moment to care for yourself, and seek perspective. Be sure to come back as this list will grow.
And if you need immediate support, there are wonderful organizations and resources ready to help.
From the founders of the #1 site for parents of teens and young adults comes an essential guide for building strong relationships with your teens and preparing them to successfully launch into adulthood.
(This book devotes an entire chapter to mental health and includes our family’s journey.)
Check out Ezra's Invisible Backpack - a wonderful book for all ages but meant to be a resource for children/parents/
teachers/counselors, etc to help give children a healthy way to talk about their feelings and mental wellbeing, to understand that they aren't alone and to be empathetic to others. Really powerful!
On a mission to make love and hope tangible.
Watch: Instructions for a Bad Day
Moments of pause in the bustle of life - stories, videos, meditations, etc
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.
Visit the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) website, or call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)
If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, or Lifeline Crisis Chat.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): For general information on mental health and to locate treatment services in your area, call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Crisis Text Line: Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.
Call 988 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest emergency room.