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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Stone, LMHC

Support in Times of Crisis

Mental health difficulties can be challenging under the best circumstances. For many, the pandemic and its related effects over the last several months, as well as the sociopolitical climate, have made things even more difficult.

Rates of suicide, substance abuse/overdoses, domestic and intimate partner violence, and child abuse are all on the rise and are projected to continue to rise.

Look out for yourself and look out for others.

If you suspect or are aware of any abuse or neglect occurring to vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled persons), submit a report to your state's Department of Children and Families (or equivalent).

If you or someone you know are exhibiting signs of declining mental health, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis support is free, confidential, and available 24/7. For text support, text START to 741741.

Locally, 211 is also a great resource to call for crisis support and access to resources.

If there's life-threatening danger, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

For ongoing support and suicide prevention, connect with a therapist.


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