Wed, 12 August 2015
In this episode, Betwixt and Between discuss mental illness, mental health, whether Witches and Pagans are "crazy," and, perhaps most vehemently of all, when and how we should reach out to people we think might need help. Drawing on their backgrounds of both personal and professional experience, they try to unpack the anxieties many may feel about seeking help for mental health problems, and offer suggestions for seeking resources.
If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, a more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, or is in an abusive situation, PLEASE reach out for help, and keep reaching out to different resources until someone listens. You are not alone, and there is hope out there for you.
Purely for informational purposes: The Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis website
Guide to developing a resources list for your area
Items you'll definitely want to include:
-Any community mental health clinics
-the number for your local Department of Children's Services
-the number(s) for any organizations established to aid victims of sexual assault or abuse
-the number(s) for any organizations or shelters for people dealing with domestic abuse, starting with a local YWCA
-the number(s) for any local crisis hotlines or walk-in crisis centers (always take someone to the ER if you don't have one of these in your area)
-the local suicide hotline number
-information such as numbers and websites for resources to help those without insurance
Here are some things you might find helpful in that regard:
Local health department apt to have low cost healthcare resources