It is the holiday season yet again—a magical and nostalgic time that brings joyous memories to many. A time to pass on traditions, share gifts, and fill our bellies with food. But, unfortunately, we must be aware that these days may not be "Merry & Bright" for all. They can also be a reminder of profound loss, a time of deep pressure, and a period of isolation. So let's challenge ourselves to share more smiles, open more doors, and be kind to all.
And if you are struggling during this time, please know that you are not alone. Know that you are loved and that this time will pass. You will get through whatever storm you may be in the middle of. There are so many resources available to you, and there is no shame in utilizing them.
First of all- if you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
The crisis hotline is an incredible, free resource that provides you someone to text with and work through "hot" feelings and situations. Text "HOME" to 741741 to be connected to a real person.
If you or someone you know are is with thoughts of suicide, know you are not alone. The national suicide prevention lifeline is available 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Need Mental Health Help, but you aren't in crisis? Then, warmlines might be for you! A warmline can be of help when you need someone to talk to but aren't considering hurting yourself or others. If you want to read more about warmlines, check out this article or visit warmline.org.
For LGBTQ Youth in need of support reach out to TrevorLifeline by calling 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder contact the National Eating Disorder Association for support, resources, and information that can help. Call 1-800-931-2237 or visit their website for more options
Mental Health America moderates a mental health forum on Inspire, which allows people who are struggling to connect and offer each other support. For more information, click here.
Are you worried about a warm meal or groceries this season? Check out foodpantries.org for a directory of food pantries nearest to you!