Often when someone is having such intense feelings, the mere thought of reaching out for support is too overwhelming. We’re very glad you’ve taken a first step by contacting us at NAMI.
Please know that you are not alone. There are many (free) resources (discussion groups, social media platforms, hotlines, etc.) where you can reach out to either talk with someone confidentially about your feelings and/or share and learn from others. And with psychotherapeutic and psychiatric treatments available, there is no reason for you to continue to suffer and be prevented from successful recovery to live a full and content life.
If This is a Crisis Situation
If you – or someone you love - are concerned that you may be in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, please do not hesitate to go the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that has trained crisis workers available 24/7 who will talk with you about your feelings and work with you to develop a plan for staying safe. They can also provide information on local resources, including treatment.
You can talk with a crisis worker on the Lifeline by calling (800) 273-8255. If communicating via text is a more comfortable approach, NAMI maintains a partnership with the Crisis Text Line, available 24/7 in the United States. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741; a trained crisis worker will respond within minutes. The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service that is available 24/7 in the United States.
Non-Crisis Emotional Support is Available
You may want to consider reaching out to talk with someone on a Warmline about your feelings. A Warmline is a confidential, non-crisis hotline providing emotional support and is staffed by peer volunteers who are themselves in recovery. There, you will find an empathetic listener to talk through your feelings. You can find a Warmline that serves your area by searching the NAMI National HelpLine Warmline Directory.
NAMI also hosts online discussion group communities where people exchange support and encouragement. These online discussion groups can easily be joined by visiting www.nami.org. Additionally, 7 Cups is an online service that connects you to caring listeners by chat/text for free emotional support. You can also participate in 7Cups’s online therapy option (for a reduced fee), or join their discussion groups (where you can also find a NAMI subcommunity) to connect with individuals who are living with mental health conditions.
Support groups can be an important part of taking care of yourself. Mental Health America maintains a Support Group Locator to direct you to a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, most are free, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
Building Emotional Resilience
The American Psychological Association offers an excellent guidance on building your resilience that helps individuals develop a strategy for enhancing emotional resilience. The additional resources listed below may also be of help:
- Your Life Your Voice is a service of Boys Town that provides teens with tips and coping techniques to help with tough situations. Their website features an Interactive List of 99 Coping Skills and Strategies.
- Now Matters Now is an online resource that provides support for coping with suicidal thoughts through teaching skills based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The website includes inspirational videos of personal stories of resilience.