Mental Health Resources

Depression is very real. Our current world situation has exacerbated depression in untold ways. Even as I write this, I am suffering the worst bout of depression I’ve ever faced. It’s not easy. It’s hard. I don’t want to leave my house, get out of bed – I don’t want to do anything. Yet, at the urging of others, I try.

I know it hard. It seems like there is no end in sight. I’ve lost family and friends over the past few months. It is hard. It is, and we shouldn’t deny that.

I’ve wanted to, as said in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “shuffle off this mortal coil.” Still, I persist.

Even if you are told to stay home, check in on your family and friends. A phone call, an email, Facetime or any video call will go a long way to pick someone up. You never know, you could be saving someone’s life.

If you, a member of your family, a friend is suffering from any of the following, seek help, please.

  1. Depressed mood most of the day;
  2. Loss of interest in almost all activities;
  3. Significant changes in appetite and/or weight disturbances.
  4. Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness);
  5. Feelings of restlessness;
  6. Fatigue or loss of energy.
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty (sometimes for no reason);
  8. Trouble thinking or concentrating;
  9. Recurring thoughts of death or of committing suicide (without a specific plan).

I know it can be hard to ask for help. Please, take a moment, ask. I promise, it will help.

You can reach out to any of the following:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: This 24-hour suicide prevention helpline specializes in handling all situations related to suicide and emotional distress. Phone Number: 1-(800)-273‑TALK (8255), Live Online Chat;
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress as the result of a natural disaster, call this number to speak to someone. Phone Number 800-985-5990;
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: Depression often exists in situations where child abuse is present, and this 24/7 national hotline exists to prevent this type of abuse. You can reach professional crisis counselors at any time in more than 170 languages, using an interpreter. Phone Number 800-422-4453;
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): This free, confidential, and national sexual assault hotline is operated 24/7 by RAINN, which partners with local sexual assault service providers all over the U.S. Phone Number 800-656-4673;
  • The Trevor Project: This is a 24-hour depression hotline for suicidal LGBTQ youth. Phone Number 866-488-7386;
  • Veterans Crisis Line: Many vets struggle with depression and other debilitating mental health issues. If this is you or a loved one, call, text, or chat online 24/7 for support. Phone Number: ; text a message to 838-255;
  • Crisis Text Line: This 24/7 crisis text line for anyone in crisis connects you with a trained crisis counselor via text. Text HOME to 741-741 in the U.S.