If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, please call:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for example: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a 24-hr/7-day hotline where anyone can call for help and speak to someone trained in suicide prevention. suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Befrienders.org, a worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines and resources.
- If you’re on Facebook, please utilize the Facebook chat feature of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Instructions here: http://www.motherhoodunadorned.com/2012/09/01/national-suicide-prevention-lifeline-facebook-chat-feature/
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out or encourage them to reach out. We not only do this by giving out hotline numbers and web sites.
- We also do this by speaking openly about our struggles.
- Walking openly in public with 1,000 others for a cause.
- Asking a friend “How are you really?” and not letting an “I’m fine” be the answer if you think its not the real answer.
- Blogging or writing about your struggles.
- Participating in Tweet Chats like #PPDChat and #MHSM.
- Taking part in the PPD SpeakEasy mental health phone chat.
- Reading and commenting on blog posts from Band Back Together or checking out this group blog’s amazing resource pages.
- Reading posts and Daily Hope emails from Postpartum Progress and other wonderful mental health focused blogs.
- Sharing your love and support with those who are openly sharing their stories.
- Not being ashamed to type a Facebook status that says “I’m having a bad day.”
There are so many ways to reach out to others and truly make an impact, even if we don’t know we are helping.
Please also feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.