Mental Health

Christmas, et cetera

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Your DGB for today is to reach out to someone who might be hurting during the holidays, or for help yourself if you need it.

The winter holidays can be a tough time for lots of people. Madison Avenue is peddling impossibly perfect holiday memories, stress is high, money is low, families are deeply imperfect, and the daily news from the Trumpocalypse doesn’t help at all. For those with mental illness, suffering from loss, or just in a bad place in life, it can be excruciating. Do you know anyone like that? Is it you?

If you know of anyone who might be struggling, please give them a visit, a call, or a text. If you’re struggling and don’t know who to call, try one of these hotlines: http://www.buddy-project.org/hotlines

You’re not alone. None of us are. Hugs and hot chocolate from the Daily Grab Back crew to all of you. Happy Holidays and hopes for a brighter New Year.

 

Crisis Text Line

Your DGB for today is to save the Crisis Text Line number in your phone and share this grab with your circle. You never know who might need it.

Did you know that you can simply text 741741, anytime and anywhere and a trained crisis counselor will text you back? Making phone calls can be very difficult, especially if you are in crisis or have anxiety. That’s where Crisis Text Line steps in to help. Not only will they text you back and help you through that moment, their website also gives helpful tips for when even texting feels too overwhelming.

You can also sign up to volunteer for Crisis Text Line. They will train you if you can commit to 2-12 hours of volunteering a week. Crisis Text Line is hiring, too, if you are looking for something with more hours and well...pay.

Check out Crisis Text Line today and share their number. Whether you need the help or you are looking to help others, it’s a great resource to keep in your back pocket...literally.

 

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention

Your DGB for today is to donate a dollar or two - whatever you can spare - to a suicide prevention card project so that Stop-Homophobia.com can get cards with hotline info into the hands of LGBTQ folks all over the world.

The current crew in the White House is the most aggressively anti-LGBTQ administration we’ve ever seen. Suicide among LGBTQ youth is already tragically high and we could well see an uptick since the 2016 election.

We’d like to celebrate Pride month by doing everything we can to save lives. Stop-Homophobia has set its own aggressive goal of printing and distributing two million cards globally, each of which list major suicide hotlines for youth (and adults) at risk. A full list of suicide hotlines can be found here on their website. (Some people feel more comfortable using peer helplines as an alternative to organized suicide prevention hotlines. Look for ones in your area.)

If you would like a box of these cards to distribute at your event or through your organization, send your information to info@stop-homophobia.com All of us together can help hurting people know there are other options than suicide.

 

Depression: Let’s Talk

Your DGB for today is to take this mental health quiz, which screens for signs of depression.

April 7th, is World Health Day and this year’s theme is Depression. Depression is a state of persistent sadness and lack of interest in activities which negatively impacts a person’s daily functioning. It is also known as “Living Under the Trump Administration” and is one of the most common mental health issues. Here are some quick facts about depression in America:

 

  • 1 in 10 Americans experience depression at some point in their lifetime

  • Depression diagnoses in the US increase by 20% every year

  • Social factors like divorce and unemployment increase risk of depression

  • The majority of people experiencing depression do not seek mental health help

  • Depression is most prevalent in ages 45-64

  • 10% of women experience postpartum depression

  • Women are more likely to be depressed than men

  • 83% of patients saw their symptoms increase with exposure to Sean Spicer’s voice*

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing signs of depression, please seek help. To find mental health resources in your area, you can ask your doctor or call 211 for referrals. If you are in crises, see DGB’s Health and Mental Health Resources Page, or use the hotline numbers provided below. Reach out and let’s talk.

 

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK

Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

Veterans: 1-877-VET-2VET

United Way Helpline: 1-800-233-HELP

 

We are going to get abnormally personal here for a second. No one should suffer through depression alone. A few DGB staffers have had bouts of depression or are currently suffering through it. We do know what it’s like and we want you to know that we can get through it together. The natural thought process is that you are alone and no one understands, but that’s not true. They do. We do.

 

*this is made up but probably true

 

Ask Obama to Pardon Unfairly Discharged Veterans

Your DGB for today is to ask Obama to use his last days in office to pardon veterans who received dishonorable discharges from the military due to suicide attempts.

Warfare has left scores of veterans ill, injured, and traumatized. Unfortunately, after their service, these folks face a maze of bureaucracy and long waiting lists even when they are eligible for benefits from the Veteran’s Administration. Ineligibility for benefits puts someone in an even more dire situation, as the VA is often the ONLY access to health care a veteran has. What you probably didn’t know is that a suicide attempt while on active duty can mean a dishonorable discharge, subsequent denial of benefits, and a humiliating black mark on a resume. That’s right: we are punishing our own veterans for their emotional response to active duty.

Read more about the situation here and here.

President Obama has the power to upgrade these discharges and allow these people to get the treatment that they earned and deserve.

Send a message to the White House here.

DGB suggested message: President Obama, please use your final days in office to pardon our veterans who have received dishonorable discharges due to suicide attempts. We should give these veterans the gift they’ve given us: peace, stability, and protection.