✨ Mental Health Starter Pack for Times of Change ✨
Change can be scary. It can be difficult, overwhelming, and affect our mental, physical, and emotional health in all sorts of ways. Whatever you’re feeling right now, you definitely don’t have to feel it alone. Below is a list of resources and self-care tips to help make life a little bit easier. And if you don’t need them right now, pass ‘em along to a friend who might.
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- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 support for anyone in crisis. Text START to 741741.
- IMALIVE: Chat confidentially with a volunteer trained in crisis intervention.
- 7 Cups of Tea: Speak anonymously with a trained active listener.
- NAMI: Dedicated to improving the lives of anyone living with mental illness. Free to chat at 1-800-950-6264.
- Trans Lifeline: Dedicated to the well being of transgender people. USA: 1-877-565-8860. Canada: 1-877-330-6366.
- The Trevor Project (@thetrevorproject): Confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ young people. Available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
- The GLBT National Help Center: Provides LGBTQ people with free and confidential peer support at 1-888-843-4564. Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743.
- It Gets Better Project (@itgetsbetterproject): Communicating to LGBTQ youth around the world that it gets better.
- To Write Love On Her Arms (@twloha): Dedicated to helping people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
- American Psychological Association: A resource for finding mental health care in your area.
- NEDA: Help and support for people struggling with eating disorders. You can call 1-800-931-2237 or chat with them online.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
- Remember to be kind to others and yourself.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t forget to eat.
- Get enough sleep.
- Have a movie or TV marathon.
- Read a good book. Start a new series.
- Read the #positivity and #postitforward tags on Tumblr.
- Draw something or color in a picture.
- Take a bath or long shower.
- Write your thoughts down in a journal.
- Turn your feelings into art. Make crafts.
- Bake or cook something you like.
- Go for a walk. Have a dance.
- Watch a funny video.
- Light your favorite candle(s).
- Listen to your favorite music.
- Take deep breaths. Try meditation.
- Talk to a friend, a loved one, or someone you trust.
- Make a list of things that bring you happiness. (This really works!)
- Do some of those things! See those people!