Sometimes, we all need a little help. There’s absolutely no shame in reaching out when you need it. There’s nothing wrong with asking for support. After all, everyone needs someone to lean on once and a while.
Yet, sometimes, our support systems fall short. We may feel as though we have no where to turn. Not all is lost!
During these times, free mental health resources in your area are there to offer you the help you need. Below, we outline some of these free mental health resources, as well as strategies and help when dealing with layoffs and the current financial crisis.
Mental Health Resources in North America
In North America, the suicide hotline is 988 and for free mental health support, dial 211.
However, Canada and the States also have differing resources as well (each province and state may also have other mental health resources, depending on the area).
In the United States, other free mental health resources include:
In Canada, other free mental health resources include:
- Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566 (Quebec: 1-866-277-3553)
- Hope for Wellness Help Line (for Indigenous People): 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free)
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868
- Wellness Together Canada: Call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 686868 for youth and 741741 for adults
Mental Health Resources in Australia
Mental Health Australia encourages anyone in immediate danger to call 000. They further offer a variety of free resources including:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
- SANE Australia Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7236) or sane.org
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36 or beyondblue.org
- Black Dog Institute: blackdoginstitute.com.au
- Headspace: 1800 650 850 or headspace.org.au
- ReachOut: reachout.com
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- 13YARN (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support line): 13 92 76
- Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) Helpline: 1300 269 438
- Listening Ear (A safe space to talk through your problems): 02 9477 6777 (9 am to 9 pm)
Mental Health Resources in South Africa
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group provides various helplines for individuals in mental crisis to reach out for help when they need it. These include:
- A 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0800 567 567
- LifeLine: 0861 322 322
- A 24-Hour CIPLA Mental Health Helpline: 0800 456 789
- Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline (8am - 8pm): 0800 21 22 23
- Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline (8am - 8pm): 0800 70 80 90
- A 24-Hour Dept Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline: 0800 12 13 14
Mental Health Resources in New Zealand
In the case of an emergency or immediate danger, call 111. Free mental health helplines further include:
- Call or text 1737 (free call or text) for round the clock support from a trained counsellor
- The Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 757 or free text 4202
- Healthline: 0800 611 116
- Youthline: 0800 376 633
- The Lowdown Text: 5626 for support to help young people recognise and understand depression or anxiety.
- Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797
New Zealand also takes their mental health resources a step further by recommending apps, like Groov which helps track mental well-being, HABITs Messenger which is a chatbot that acts like a trusted friend and confidant, and Triple P Online which is a resource for parents to understand how to best support their child or teen through tough times.
Mental Health Resources in Europe
For emergencies in most places in Europe, the number to dial is 112. Other helplines and hotlines include:
- France’s Suicide ECoute: 0033 145 39 4000
- France’s SOS Help: 01 46 21 46 46
- Germany National Crisis Line: 0800 111 0 222 (German Speaking) or 030 44 01 06 07 (English Speaking)
- Italy Support Line: 800 86 00 22
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Mental Health Resources in the Netherlands
- De Luisterlijn: o88-0767 000 for non-emergency calls
If you want to talk about a subject that triggered you in a television or radio program: Korrelatie: 0900-14 50
In case of suicidal thoughts or active planning of suicide we have: 0800-0113
For Veterans: 088-950 50 10 (bedrijfsmaatschappelijk werk Defensie)
Strategies and Further Support
Mental health resources and strategies that can help in the long-term and after or before a mental health crisis may include:
- Taking social media and news detoxes (including deleting the apps on your phone and computer)
- Socially connecting with others face-to-face, including your family and friends
- Practicing mindfulness through breathing techniques, stretching, and meditation
- Eating healthy and balanced meals
- Exercising regularly
- Prioritizing sleep
- Limiting drug and alcohol use
- Learning positive mindset strategies
- Practicing kindness and compassion toward oneself and others
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Here When You Need Them
While you may not need the above today, click and save this articles so that these mental health resources are easily accessible when you need them.
We all struggle from time to time. However, knowing someone is there for you can make all the difference. No matter what the time of day, support is only a phone call away.
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