You Can Call These Hotlines For Mental Illnesses

You Can Call These Hotlines For Mental Illnesses

If you or someone you know needs help, here's a list of hotlines to contact.

For this, I'm going to divide into categories some hotlines that you or someone you know can call if they're in need of help.

Mental Health Hotlines

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Phone: 1-800-826-3632

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Phone: 240-485-1001

Borderline Personality Disorder

Phone: 1-888-482-7227

International OCD Foundation

Phone: 617-973-5801


Phone: 1-800-826-3632

Children & Adults With ADD/ ADHD

Phone: 800-233-4050

Suicide/ Crisis Hotlines

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Phone: 1-888-333-2377

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

National Domestic Abuse Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-7233

Finding Treatment

SAMHSA Treatment Locator

Phone: 800-662-4357

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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4 Essential resources For Suicide Prevention

What are the resources out there to help those that feel as if they cannot speak and be heard?


It is no great secret that suicide has become an epidemic in our country, especially in our military. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't affect the other 3 billion people in the world. So what is being done to help bring this to light and hopefully make people see there is another way?

1. Hotlines

There are hotlines that people can call when they are having suicidal thoughts. These hotlines are to educate those who call about a family/friend or for those in crisis who are thinking about the unimaginable.

These hotlines are supposed to create a safe environment for those in a tragic place to call and express themselves in any way they feel comfortable. The people who answer the phones are trained to make you feel safe and to listen to everything you have to say.

These hotlines can save so many lives. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless than maybe try one of these hot lines.

2. Programs

There are many programs that you can find online about suicide prevention. These websites and programs talk about the warning signs, things to look for, what to do if you encounter someone who exhibits these signs, etc.

These programs are meant mainly for those who know someone who is going through all of the signs for suicide. I know that my friends visited these website programs to help me, and i think that their education helped save me.

3. Warning Signs

As discussed earlier, there are warning signs. Every therapist, online program, presentation, etc. go over the various warning signs that one can look out for to help others.

4. Internet

Last but not least, the internet. This can be the most powerful thing to either ending or saving a life.

Social media and cyber bullying are two of the top reasons why people commit suicide outside military personnel. But some social media can have their own support groups that can help let people know across the world that they are not alone. This can create a movement and a powerful influence in the world.

If you or someone you know is going through this, please share and let them know there are resources to help them, that they are not alone, and they are loved.

You are all worth being on this earth! Please help me keep as many people on this earth for as long as possible.


National Suicide Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255 - available 24/7

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