If the National Suicide Hotline puts you on hold, where else can you call?

Just updated my Mental Health Resources page, incorporating these crisis lines. Thank you, Hufsa Ahmad, for this excellent list of crisis hotlines.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Lines

Hufsa Ahmad

In light of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spades’ suicides, both discussion of suicide and calls to suicide hotlines have peaked. I have heard some people share that when they call the National Suicide Hotline (800-273-8255), they  are put on hold. If you do not want to wait, there are alternate suicide hotline numbers that are local/state-wide or population-specific that can be more accessible since they are targeted to a smaller population.

For example, for people who are local to Southern California, an alternate suicide hotline number that is more accessible is Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Hotline: (877) 727-4747. It’s specifically to serve Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties, which is why it’s less in demand. Their counselors are very well trained and they spend a good amount of time with you. I have received training from Didi Hirsch and am very familiar with this organization so I…

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Resources for Youth and Young Adults

Mental Health Resources for Youth and Young Adults

Online Support Resources

Recently, I have come across people who live in rural areas without adequate mental health resources or live outside the US and do not have the access to mental health resources that the US or some other countries may offer. Quite honestly, I am fairly ignorant of resources outside the US and cannot claim expertise about resources inside the US, either. Anyway, here are some online resources I found in my web surfing. IBPF and MHA offer links to multiple support groups.

I have never participated in an online support group, so I cannot speak to how well they work. I can say that the support I receive blogging and through social media has been incredibly helpful.

Updated Resources

1-800-662-HELP (4357) www.samhsa.gov/treatment for information on Prevention and Treatment Referral

The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator can help you locate treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Just updated my Resources pages, adding resources and organizing them into three separate category pages.

RESOURCES IN THE UNITED STATES