To all of my AARP and Veteran friends please pass this on!
Covid has been here for 9+ months now....and winter is looming. Mental health issues related to our lock down and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression and other mental health disorders. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a 24-hour helpline: 800-950-6264. The relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% since March 2020.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 988 as the three-digit number on July 16, 2020, paving the way for this important step forward in mental health support in this country. We look forward to working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the FCC and others to ensure that the 988 phone number, and the necessary infrastructure to support this essential service, are available to the public on or before July 16, 2022. Until that time, we encourage people in need of support to continue calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Confidential Support Is a Call Away If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, anonymous, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
I’m asking my small corner of AARP to follow suit: Could any two of my AARP friends just copy and repost to share the helpline far and wide? ARRP offers several areas that offer a chance to find help and make friends! I hope many people find the Front Porch as a place to come to and find some friendship on the internet! Remember that there are a lot of people here that are looking for you to be their friend also. If you have a relative that is or has been in the military be sure to reach out to them.
Please be safe and remember you will always have friends here on the Front Porch!
Just when you least expect it, just what you least expected!
Depression can happen to anyone. It doesn't matter who we are or what age we are, depression is an equal opportunity joy stealer.I know because I've suffered from depression for years now. That's the bad news but the good news is is that it's manageable.
I often visit a website called 7Cups.com They have many groups and resources that deal with things like depression, loneliness, grief and just about any other type of mental health issue you might think of. There ar live online chats you can participate in and they have online therapists, for a fee of course, who can help you as soon as right now! They also have volunteers called Listeners who don't cost a thing but they can listen to what it is that you're feeling and maybe offer some suggestions about what worked for them when they were caught up in a similar situation. It doesn't cost anything to become a member but there is so much more to the site that I can elaborate on here.
Here's a screenshot of my member page to give you some idea of what they offer. I hope that you can find some help, if not here, then at some other place that you feel comfortable with. Good luck to you!
This guide explains what mental health crisis services are available, how they can help and when to access them. It also explains how you can plan for a crisis. If you're feeling in crisis right now, see ouremergency advice.
If you're in crisis and need to talk right now, there are many helplines staffed by trained people ready to listen. They won't judge you, and could help you make sense of what you're feeling.
Samaritans.To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contactSamaritans24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email@example.com some branches in person. You can also call the Welsh Language Line on 0300 123 3011 (7pm–11pm every day).
SANEline.If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can callSANElineon 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day).
Papyrus HOPELINEUK.If you'reunder 35and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can callPapyrus HOPELINEUKon 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), firstname.lastname@example.org text 07786 209 697.
Nightline.If you're astudent, you can look on theNightline websiteto see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
Switchboard.If you identify asgay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can callSwitchboardon 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email@example.com use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
Helplines Partnership.For more options, visitthe Helplines Partnershipwebsite for a directory of UK helplines.Mind's Infoline can also help you find services that can support you. If you're outside the UK, the Befrienders Worldwide website has a tool to search by country for emotional support helplines around the world.
"Once a girl actually answered the phone and kept me talking through my thoughts and suicidal feelings for almost three hours! To her I shall be eternally grateful!"
How could they help me?
Listening line staff will let you talk through your feelings and experiences without judging you or telling you what to do. Many listening services let you talk for as long as you need.
Before calling a helpline, you might want to consider:
What times are they open?
Is it free to call or is there a cost involved?
Is what you say confidential? For example, many services have policies on what to do if someone says they have attempted suicide or are actively planning to.
What will you do if the line is busy? It's often worth trying several times, or you might plan to call back later or try a different service.
You might be able to find this information on the organisation's website, or you could ask the advisor to explain their policies during the call.
"I saw the number of a charity crisis line (similar to Samaritans), phoned and someone listened and had time, which actually helped me."
If you can't talk on the phone
As well as phone numbers to call, some organisations routinely offer support in other ways – which could include emails, text messages or web chat. Or you might need to make a specific request:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Frequently Asked Questions What is SAMHSA’s National Helpline?
SAMHSA’s National Helpline,1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY:1-800-487-4889is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
It's hard to get out and meet people when you're depressed. But, suggestions; your local rec center has free glasses & exercise machines for older people & you're bound to talk to people there. Exercise helps with depression.
Groups; this is hard if you've never been a joiner, but worth being brave for
a bereavement group might help; you say you're doing okay with being a widow, but it could be grief.
there are many people like you, who are lonely and need someone to talk to; it would help if you can find them. In Tina Fey's biography, she talks about being a lonely and outcast kid & she remembers seeing others like her at school. Tina wondered why it never occurred to them to talk with each other.
Are you an animal person? Maybe a dog and/or cat? They make great companions (of course, you still need human companionship.