Today I would like to take the time to introduce you to some resources that can help you better your mental health. As you will see below, I have included a wide variety of resources that assist with a multitude of diagnoses. The best thing about these apps is that they are all FREE and available to iOS and Android users. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, OR if you want to share a resource with us, reach out to me and let me know!
(1) The first thing I would like to bring to your attention is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This is a 100% free service that is available 24/7. If you or someone you know if having suicidal thoughts, call 1(800)273-8255 and a trained crisis counselor will answer the phone and help you deescalate the situation.
(2) The Crisis Text Line is also a 100% free service that is available 24/7. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, text HOME to 741-741, and a trained crisis counselor will respond and help you during the crisis. I would also like to note that a crisis is NOT LIMITED to suicidal thoughts. You can use this service for a number of different situations, if desired.
(3) Now I would like to introduce you to Calm Harm, an app that provides users with tasks in order to reduce the urge to self-harm. There are six different categories of tasks available to users: Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random, and Breathe.
(4) Super Better is a resilience training app that provides you with quests and tasks to help you use psychological strengths in order to build resilience in daily life. Users of the app report being able to tackle depression, chronic pain, concussion recovery, and more.
(5) ThinkUp is an app that allows you to create daily affirmations that help you develop a more positive mindset. You can browse through recommended affirmations or create and record your own while adding background music and tracking your progress.
(6) Breathe2Relax is a stress management app that instructs users on diaphragmatic breathing. The breathing exercises provided by this app can help to decrease the body’s stress response, help with mood stabilization, control anger, and manage anxiety.
(7) PTSD Coach allows you to take assessments while tracking and managing your PTSD symptoms. The app has resources and information to educate survivors, family members, and loved ones. in addition, there are resources to help those with PTSD find professional help and a support network. This app is especially useful for Veterans.
(8) The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a great resource for individuals ages 13 and up who are struggling with eating disorders. One great resource provided is the NEDA Helpline. Individuals can call (800)931-2237 to speak with a trained volunteer who can lead you to support and educational materials. There is also an online chat feature called Click-to-Chat or a texting feature. To use the texting feature, text “NEDA” to 741-741 during crisis situations. However, the hotline is NOT open 24 hours. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9 AM - 9 PM and Friday from 9 AM - 5 PM (Eastern Standard Time).
(9) BetterHelp is a resource that offers online counseling to individuals who prefer meeting via text, phone, or video chat. This is an affordable resource that offers financial aid and plans starting at $40/week. They offer a wide variety of qualified licensed professionals who can assist with many issues including low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, depression, grief, relationship troubles, anger, and so much more.
Last but not least, do not forget to check out resources in your area. If you or someone you know needs help finding counseling, support, or other services in your area, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!
Above all else, take care of yourself! Remember that different things work for different people. Sometimes you have to try several resources before finding the perfect fit. The number one thing is to not lose hope! You have a whole community of people at The Letter Project who are supporting you.
I’ll be seeing you.