Please help - I need support and don't know where to turn.
Often when someone is having intense feelings, the mere thought of reaching out for support is overwhelming. We’re glad you’ve taken this first step of contacting us at NAMI.
Please know that you are not alone. There are many (free) resources (discussion groups, social media platforms, hotlines, etc.) where you can reach out to either talk with someone confidentially about your feelings and/or share and learn from others. And with psychotherapeutic and psychiatric treatments available, successful recovery is possible and you can live a full and content life.
If This is a Crisis Situation
If you are concerned that you may be in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, please do not hesitate to go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. You can also contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that has trained crisis workers available 24/7 who will talk to you about your feelings and work with you to develop a plan for staying safe. They also provide information on local resources and treatment.
You can talk with a crisis worker on the Lifeline by calling (800) 273-8255. If communicating via text is more comfortable, NAMI maintains a partnership with the Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential service available 24/7 in the U.S. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741; a trained crisis worker will respond within minutes.
Non-Crisis Emotional Support is Available
A warmline is a confidential, non-crisis hotline that provides emotional support. Warmlines are staffed by peer volunteers who are in recovery and can empathize with and understand another person’s struggle. You can find a Warmline that serves your area by searching the NAMI National HelpLine Warmline Directory.
NAMI also hosts online discussion group communities where people exchange support and encouragement. You can join by visiting www.nami.org. Additionally, 7 Cups is an online service that connects you to caring listeners by chat/text for free emotional support. You can also participate in 7 Cups' online therapy option (for a reduced fee).
Support groups can be an important part of taking care of yourself. Mental Health America maintains a Support Group Locator to direct you to a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others are led by a mental health professional.
If you are interested in Online/Teleconference Support
Below is a list of resources if you feel comfortable reaching out for virtual support:
- Support Group Central: www.supportgroupscentral.com
Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
- TheTribe Wellness Community: https://support.therapytribe.com/
Free, online peer support groups offering members a safe place to connect. facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics. Support groups include Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage/Family, OCD and Teens.
- 7 Cups: www.7cups.com
Free online text chat with a trained listener for emotional support and counseling. Also offers fee-for-service online therapy with a licensed mental health professional. Service/website also offered in Spanish.
- SupportGroups.com: https://online.supportgroups.com/
Website featuring 200+ online support groups.
- Pro2Pro Listserv:
A collaborative mental health initiative from the Saks Institute and the Burton Blatt Institute that provides a free, anonymous online “professional to professional” peer support communication platform where professionals with psychosocial disabilities can give and receive support from their peers. More information, including how to be added to the Listserv, is available at Burton Blatt Institute P2P Launch.
- Emotions Anonymous: (651) 647-9712 / www.emotionsanonymous.org
An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in-person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide. The EA is nonprofessional and cannot be a complement to therapy.
- 18percent: www.18percent.org
Offers a free, peer-to-peer online support community for those struggling with a wide range of mental health issues.
- Psych Central: www.psychcentral.com
Offers online mental health resources, quizzes, news, an “Ask the Therapist” function, and online support communities.
Building Emotional Resilience
The American Psychological Association offers an excellent guidance on building your resilience that helps individuals develop a strategy for enhancing emotional resilience. The additional resources listed below may also be of help:
- Your Life Your Voice is a service of Boys Town that provides teens with tips and coping techniques to help with tough situations. Their website features an Interactive List of 99 Coping Skills and Strategies.
- Now Matters Now is an online resource that provides support for coping with suicidal thoughts through teaching skills based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. The website includes inspirational videos of personal stories of resilience.