If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 988 from any phone to be connected to a crisis line. You can also text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support via text message. Remember, you are not alone and the world is better with you in it.
Check out the Hawk Relaxation Room, a place to find resources for self care, coping skills, relaxation, and mental health.
Start practicing mindfulness to connect to the present moment
The first step to conquering an intense emotion is to name it & tame it. Use a feelings wheel to determine what you're feeling- research says that just naming your emotion helps bring your higher-level processing and thinking back online.
Defusingfrom negative thoughts can be helpful. Ask yourself the questions on this worksheet, and check out the different metaphors for defusion. Thoughts are like clouds in the sky- they come and go.
It can be powerful to identify your values; these are the ideas and feelings that drive you. If you click here, you can do a virtual value card sort. You'll get a virtual "stack" of 40 values. Sort them into what is most, sort of, and least important to you.
This video explains why living in line with your values can make your life richer and happier. This website also explains how to use your values to set goals (committed actions).
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) can connect you to treatment and providers in many different areas of expertise.
If you have experienced the death of a loved one or friend, Willow House has great grief and loss resources for families. The Dougy Center has good resources, too.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) provides information about what eating disorders are as well as what to do if you think you have an eating disorder.
Struggling to talk to you student about their mental health?
Here are some resources!
Parent Guidance provides content and courses to help parents. These are great, free resources and courses you can take about raising children with mental health concerns (and raising children in general!)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides great resources (including the article above) and can help you with things like what to do if your child is in a crisis, and what to look for. NAMI also has resources for any adults struggling with mental illness.