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 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 sending a text to 741741; a trained crisis worker will respond within minutes. The Crisis Text Line 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, 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 clicking here.
NAMI also hosts online communities where people exchange support and encouragement. These Discussion Groups can easily be joined by visiting www.nami.org. 7 Cups of Tea, where you will find a NAMI subcommunity, is a website where you can talk to trained listeners for free, participate in online therapy (which requires paying a fee), or join discussion groups 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, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
Additionally, The Recovery Village provides links to a vast array of 12-Step programs that have been formed to aid and support those in recovery from other addictive disorders.
Building emotional resilience
The American Psychological Association offers an excellent online resource called the Road to Resilience, a step-by-step guide that helps individuals develop a personal strategy for enhancing resilience.