Feeling desperate and need someone to talk to? By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. You can also visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/. The National Adolescent Suicide Helpline is also available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-621-4000.
TEEN LINE, https://teenlineonline.org/, was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services – was born. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email us. Check out “Ask TEEN LINE”, find resources in our Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on our message boards.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. We created this guidebook to help students better understand suicide and depression, how to recognize warning signs in themselves or their peers, and what they can do to intervene. The guide includes an in-depth Q&A with psychiatry expert Dr Schlozman, a comprehensive overview of the connection between mental health, depression and suicide, and help and resources for students struggling with depressions. Access the guide book by clicking here.
MentalHealth.gov, http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/young-people/index.html, offers resources and advice tailored to young people encountering mental health problems. At this site you can get tips for helping yourself and your friends, and connect with other young adults. If your mental health, or someone else’s, is affected by bullying, you can learn what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied. MentalHealth.gov also encourages young people to educate themselves about mental health, because once you know the facts about mental health problems, you can share them with other people.
Mental Health America (MHA), http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-help, – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Their work is driven by their commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care and treatment for those who need it–with recovery as the goal.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s young adult page, http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=peer_young_adult, was developed to help young adults living with mood disorders through those big transitions that come with young adulthood. Their services include Questions and Answers provided by young adult peers as well as a series of podcasts focused on the challenges young adulthood brings for those living with mood disorders.
Though we understand the deterioration and devastation marking the course of mental illness for many. We want to emphasise the tremendous scope for recovery when support and treatment are attained, and when they are separated from stigma and taboo. The 'It Gets Brither' wording was chosen deliberately to inspire hope and challenge the perception, common to sufferes of mental illness, that the darkness will go on forever.
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