Since seasonal depression is beginning to rear its unwanted head into what has already been a hectic life, thanks to way too many large events all at once. I wanted to make a post regarding an important, and personal topic.
Firstly, let me start out by saying, you are no less of a person if you have had any suicidal or self-harm thoughts. You are not broken, you are not useless, and you are certainly not worthless. There are many people that go through life, with suicidal ideation and depression; just going through the daily motions and hoping things get better. Just remember, you’re not alone; it may feel like it at times, but I can promise you, you’re not.
Stats from the website ‘The Recovery Village‘ state that at least 17% of teens admit to self-harm; generally beginning at age 13. Another website ‘Healthy Place‘ commented that every year 1-in-5 females, and 1-in-7 males take part in self-harm. While SuicidePreventionLifeline stated that “suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24”.
If you feel like you’re stuck in that claustrophobic hole, or feeling like there’s no hope and you need an escape. Please, talk to someone; be it a teacher, a doctor, a therapist, your family members, a friend, your librarian, your pet, anyone. You are never a bother or a pest when it comes to your mental health.
If you’re looking for therapy/psychological assistance, there are resources you can use for free.
Links and additional information:
Therapy/Counselling And Crisis Hotlines/Textlines:
https://www.crisistextline.org/ (free counselling)
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (free chat or phone number to talk to someone and get additional resources)
https://teencentral.com/help/ (several phone numbers and websites where you can find help)
https://www.7cups.com/ (free counselling and paid therapy)
https://www.teencounseling.com/ (paid therapy)
https://support.therapytribe.com/teen-support-group/ (free peer support groups)
https://360youthservices.org/counseling/ (paid therapy)
https://www.wysa.io/ (free app with ability to pay for additional services)
https://www.sanvello.com/self-care/ (app is free to use basic tools – premium membership does cost, however some health insurance providers may cover the cost)
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whats-up-a-mental-health-app/id968251160 (free methods for coping)
https://www.talklife.co/ (free app and website for peer support)
Please note: There is a difference between Therapy and Counselling. Counselors are free and will listen and talk to you; Therapists will charge for sessions and will be able to provide more assistance. Essentially, Therapists are professionals that you pay for service, while Counsellors can be volunteers who can work for free.