If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Of the people who had a mental illness in the past year, only 41 percent received mental health services to address them.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, there are often “long delays – sometimes decades – between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.” There can be several reasons, including access to resources, cost and the stigma associated with mental health problems.
Despite living in a time where people are more open about their thoughts and feelings, people are still often ashamed to discuss mental health concerns and might be hesitant to seek treatment and support because of what others will think. But treatment and support are still needed.
As a loved one or friend of someone who may be struggling, your role is to provide support and resources when possible. If they aren’t ready to seek help in person, that’s okay. You can share other resources and #BeTheDifference today.
These are just a few resources to reach out for mental health support anonymously.