WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Saturday, October 10
Being proactive about our mental health is always important. There are things we can do daily to strengthen our emotional health, and there are coping strategies and support options that we can use to navigate difficult challenges and situations we are facing.
World Mental Health Day is a celebration of our power to take care of our mental health, and to support each other. It’s especially important this year. Recent research shows that many of us are dealign with increased feelings of anxiety, stress and uncertainty.
Take a few minutes today for some self-care, to reach out and support a friend or join in one of the activities and events for Love is Louder Week starting today.
If you or someone you know needs help immediately, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK 2355 for a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor 24/7.
MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE
There’s a lot going on right now and it’s easy to fall into a pattern of spending so much time supporting other people or advocating for the causes we care about, that we don’t make time to take care of ourselves. Self-care isn’t. a luxury or something that we practice only when we have the time. It’s taking care of our mental health in the same way we would our physical health.
Here are some tips and tools to get you started.
SUPPORT OUR WORK
When you make a tax-deductible donation to The Jed Foundation’s Love is Louder project, you’re helping to strengthen the mental health of individuals, communities and campuses across the country and around the world.
The Jed Foundation is a leading national nonprofit working to protect emotional health and prevent negative outcomes like suicide for teens and young adults. Love is Louder uses social media, digital activations, partnerships and grassroots efforts to strengthen emotional health, increase resiliency, create connectedness and encourage kindness. Individuals, communities and campuses around the world use Love is Louder programs, events and resources to tackle issues like bullying, body image, discrimination and depression.
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JOIN THE #LOVEISLOUDER MOVEMENT
LOVE IS LOUDER SWEATFEST WITH RYAN HEFFINGTON
Throughout 2020 and the pandemic, award-winning choreographer Ryan Heffington (Sia’s “Chandelier” and Netflix’s OA) has been bringing thousands of people together to move, connect, destress and recharge through live dance experiences accessible to anyone and filled with love, laughter and unity.
On Sunday, October 11th, Ryan will be leading a Love is Louder SWEATFEST on our Instagram Live (@loveislouder). It’s free and all are welcome, so take a break from the challenges of this moment and join us for a celebration of resilience, movement and connection.
HAVE A FREE, CONFIDENTIAL CHAT WITH A TRAINED COUNSELOR 24/7
- The trained team at Crisis Text Line are there if you or someone you know are struggling with anxiety, depression, concerns about overuse of drugs or alcohol, hopelessness, abuse or thoughts of suicide. Simply text START to 741-741 anytime to start your live, confidential chat.
- Need to talk to someone now? The Lifeline has trained counselors available 24/7 if you’re worried about yourself or a friend. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) anytime to get started.
- The Trevor Project offers a national 24-hour, toll free, confidential support line for LGBTQ youth. If you’re feeling hopeless or struggling because of issues related to your sexuality, discrimination or note being accepted by friends or family members, you can connect with a counselor via phone, chat or text. Learn more.
SCHEDULE A TELE-THERAPY SESSION WITH A COUNSELOR
- If you are currently working with a therapist or counselor, many are offering to do sessions via phone or video chat. Reach out to your mental health professional to learn more. Here are some tips for getting the most out of teletherapy.
There are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the country that provide mental health services and many are now offering tele-counseling. They will help you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Use the health center locator tool to search for a health center by address, state, or county.
- There are a number of established online therapy platforms where you can pay a weekly or monthly fee for access to a therapist via phone, messaging or video chat. Talk Space offers packages starting at $65 a week (Get $65 off with code APPLY65) and BetterHelp offers packages from $40 to $70 per week.