” Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” – Rick Warren.
You’ve made it this far, so why stop now?
900,000. 900,000 teenagers a year, have seriously considered ending their lives or harming themselves due to major stress, depression, traumatic events etc. Suicide and self harming rates have slowly increased as time progresses, and this is unacceptable and disheartening. The individuals struggling, who feel trapped or in a dark place should not just be a statistic we read in articles, or posts etc. These individuals should feel cared for, safe,loved, and most importantly not alone. This is not really an article regarding a current event or entertainment, rather a list of resources you can utilize if you or someone you know is at a low point or dark place in their life. Be well , and be safe.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
With a lifeline, and supportive website which includes a ” Safe Space”. For individuals living in the United States this is an extremely helpful and life changing resource, which could help someone tremendously. This website offers great comforting, and confidential aid to individuals allowing them to really open up about their emotions.
This website, consists of pages and pages of hotlines, and lifelines you can reach out to each one pertaining to specific events or hardships a person may be going through. Depending on what you or someone may be dealing with, they have a hotline for states in the US alongside a plethora of international hotlines which can be utilized to save a life.
Crisis Call Center
This resource specifically works in order to allow individuals to receive confidential help with whatever hardships they may be fighting. Open twenty-four hours a day seven days a week any individual can make use of this supportive website.
Text: text ANSWER to 839863
National Hopeline Network
Working to provide comfort, support, and help to individuals fighting against anything, the National Hopeline Network works to ensure the wellbeing of each and every individual seeking help through their resource. Responsive twenty-four hours a day seven days a week this is an extremely accessible resource providing crucial assistance to all individuals.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
A website consisting of dozens of other hotlines, or websites anyone can reach out to, to seek help with whatever they may be facing. Each website offers its own set of unique, comforting, and confidential assistance to individuals.
These hotlines and websites offer a safe space for all individuals who are looking to open up about their emotions and receive assistance from others in a supportive and comforting environment.
Keeping a notebook or a diary.
Writing down your feelings can be tremendous help especially when you don’t feel comfortable enough to talk to someone. Whether it be through art, poetry, daily logs, lyrics expressing your emotions with a pen and paper can relieve anxiety and stress while allowing you exhibit your true feelings. Concealing these feelings and emotions is harmful to the body, and can truly play a toll on one’s mental health. This is why using a notebook or diary when an individual doesn’t feel comfortable sharing their emotions or feelings verbally can prove to be extremely prevalent.
Songs to help with anxiety and stress.
Depending on the type of person you are, music may or may not help with easing anxiety and stress. If music does help you relax and refocus, below is a playlist of songs that will help you stay calm, and help you recollect.
Skinny Love – Birdy
Like A Star- Corrine Bailey Rae
Latch- Daniela Andrade
Kiss Me- Ed Sheeran
Let It Go- James Bay
Wings- Birdy ( Acoustic)
Tee Shirt- Birdy
Kiss The Rain- Yiruma
To Build A Home- The Cinematic Orchestra ( feat Patrick Watson)
Technicolour Beat – Oh Wonder
Shark- Oh Wonder
Call Me- Imelda May
Read All About It, Pt. III- Emeli Sande ( iTunes Session)
Exercise, take care of your body.
Taking care of your body can help relieve stress and anxiety. Leaving you tired but refreshed exercising is extremely prevalent when it comes to cleansing the mind of bad thoughts, and nourishing your being. Whether it be long walks, jogs, the gym, walking your dog etc. Getting outdoors, or getting active can prove to help individuals fighting through rough times significantly.
These are just some resources, and steps to take that focus on providing assistance to those seeking it, or those in need. Extremely helpful and reassuring, these resources have saved many individuals from ending their lives, or putting themselves in the way of harm. If you do not feel comfortable using these resources just try talking to someone, whether it be a close friend, a teacher, a parent, sibling, etc etc. Whoever it may be talking to someone always helps relieve the emotions of stress, anxiety, depression that may pile up due to concealing feelings for too long.
Healing is a process that takes time, and it is all in your hands. You decide when you’re ready to talk to others and open up about how you are feeling. Please, if you know anyone struggling help them in getting the assistance they need in order to heal, or bring themselves out of whatever situation they may be facing. In time, you will heal and everything will turn out for the better however it is you who must seek the assistance you need or take the measures necessary to begin this healing process.
” The first step is you have to say that you can” – Will Smith