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Mental Health Resources and Information Guide

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES AND INFORMATION GUIDE

Dear DHB Family and Friends,

The past year has been particularly difficult for many of us and has amplified this country's mental health crisis. Mental health and the stigma around mental health is very personal to me, and something that I've grappled with from a young age. I've also experienced a lot of trauma and loss because of the mental health struggles of friends and family. That's why I'm making mental health advocacy and de-stigmatization a priority for me and my company moving forward.

To start this journey, out team has put together a list of mental health resources and hotlines that we hope will serve as a starting point for healing. This is just the first step of many that we will embark on in 2021 and beyond to address the needs of our community.

I welcome your input and encourage you to please get in touch with me if you or your organization are interested in learning more or partnering with us.

Yours,
Barbara Biddle
Founder, District Hemp Botanicals

Content Warning: Suicide and Crisis

December 2020

General Mental Health Information

Usually categorized by condition - many organizations who focus on a specific condition will have not only education, but resources for therapists, treatment, support groups etc. Their websites tend to be a great tool. This can be good for someone who is looking for a condition-specific treatment. For example, if someone believes and has self-diagnosed with bipolar, they can go to the DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) website, to find information on Bipolar, diagnosis criteria, where to get treatment, referrals to DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) specialists, support group resources, AND resources geared towards family members and caregivers of those living with Bipolar. 

  • NAMI HelpLine: 800-950-6264 /nami.org (m-f 10am-6pm est) Mental health information and resource line, has resources on many mental health related topics - operators undergo extensive training.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA): www.adaa.org
  • Information and resources on anxiety & depression; online and in-person support groups. Offers Spanish- language online support group and resources on its website. 
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): (800) 826-3632 / www.dbsalliance.org
    Provides information and resources on depression & bipolar disorder, online tools, & online and in-person support group locator 
  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA): (800) 493-2094 / www.sardaa.org “Go-to” resource for SCZ & SCZA; Maintains network of in-person support groups; also provides toll-free, weekly teleconference support calls for those living with the condition and caregivers/allies.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: (888) 333-2377 / www.afsp.org
    Offers referrals to in-person support groups and mental health professionals for those having thoughts of suicide, those who have lost someone to suicide, and those who have attempted suicide; offers resources on loss; suicide prevention information. 

 

Support Group Resources

Support groups are one of the most accessible ways to give and receive mental health support. During COVID-19, almost all support groups are online and easily joinable by zoom. Even more importantly, support groups are usually free. The convenience of an online support group allows for someone to try something new, or to get extra support outside of a mental health professional’s office. We have to remember that support groups are a temporary solution - and not sufficient for most people’s treatment. However, they can be a great tool for people who are in between therapists, or are having a difficult time finding one. 

Support groups generally function like this: You sign up, register for a convenient time, and join via a platform like zoom. The person will be prompted to turn on their camera and mic, however you do not need to do so. Many people will like the fly on the wall safety for their first time in a group - this is completely acceptable and the facilitator will mention this. Facilitators will prompt the group with open ended questions like “does anyone want to start by discussing something that happened this week that they need support with” or “can someone share a coping mechanism that worked for them this week”. The structure of a support group is meant for people to give and receive support to help them find new coping mechanisms - support groups have been dramatically misrepresented in media to be depressing and traumatizing, we have to combat this stigma. 

Limitations include that the person needs a computer/smartphone to join meetings.

  • Support Group Central: www.supportgroupscentral.com
    Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
  • SupportGroups.com: https://online.supportgroups.com/ Website featuring 200+ online support groups.
  • Emotions Anonymous: (651) 647-9712 / www.emotionsanonymous.org
    An international fellowship of people who desire to have a better sense of emotional well-being. EA members have in-person and online weekly meetings available in more than 30 countries with 600 active groups worldwide. The EA is nonprofessional and cannot be a complement to therapy. Spanish language literature available through online store. 

Warmlines

Warmlines are non-crisis, emotional support lines. They are usually staffed by people who have experience with mental health themselves, and they undergo training to specifically help emotionally support someone. Many are 24/7 which is great in terms of accessibility. *Takes out-of-state calls.

  • Access Helpline (only residents of DC): 888-793-4357 24/7
  • Maryland Crisis Line (only residents of maryland): 800-422-0009 24/7
  • Anne Adundel County Crisis Warm Line: 410-768-5522 24/7 
  • MHA Peer Recovery Warmline of virginia (only residents of Virginia): 866-400-6428 m-f 9am-9pm, sat-sun 5pm-9pm
  • Mental Health Empowerment Project: 800-643-7462 24/7
  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline (youth ages 10-24 only): 888-222-2228 (call or text) 24/7

Crisis Resources

If someone is in a crisis and needs emergency mental health resources, get them to the resource as soon as possible. You are not a trained crisis worker, but you can help them get to one. However if you are in an emergency and you need to call intervention, call 911 or local crisis intervention. 

If person has/or might have a mental health condition make sure to tell this to the 911 dispatcher and state clearly that the person is nonviolent (if true obviously).

  •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (press 1 for veterans); (888) 628-9454 in Spanish https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (press 1 for veterans); (888) 628-9454 in Spanish https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
    24-hour free and confidential support to callers in crisis; can also provide guidance to loved ones of those with suicidal ideation on how to help. Website provides extensive list of resources and a directory to local crisis centers. Website offered in Spanish.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741 / www.crisistextline.org
    24/7 text support with a trained crisis counselor. (Also offered in UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa.)
  • DC Crisis Intervention: “The Access HelpLine at 1(888)7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357 [TTY: 711] is the easiest way to get connected to services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and its certified behavioral health care providers. This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by behavioral health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care. The Access Helpline can activate mobile crisis teams to respond to adults and children who are experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis and are unable or unwilling to travel to receive behavioral health services. 

Call the Access HelpLine to:

  • - Get emergency psychiatric care
  • - Help with problem solving
  • - Determine whether to seek ongoing mental health [], [substance use/addiction], or other types of services
  • - Find out what services are available

Young people can call the Access HelpLine for help dealing with the [trauma] of family, death, school, drugs, gangs and violence. We can help you sort out and manage feelings of hopelessness, anger, grief, stress or whatever is troubling you.” 

  • Manassas Crisis Intervention: 703-792-7800
  • Leesburg Crisis Intervention: 703-777-0320
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