Get support when you need to talk
I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no. But I’ll get to that in a second, first I want to tell you a little story.
Once upon a time in a far away land called the early 90’s, there was no internet and no Netflix, and when people felt like expletive they actually had to figure out what to do with their feelings.
When listening to The Cure while drinking heavily branded wine coolers didn’t work, sometimes people picked up their chunky cordless phones and called a hotline. (Excuse you, not that kind of hotline, the helpful-listening kind.)
It was anonymous, it was free, and most importantly, it made people feel a little better. But then this thing called the world wide web was invented.
Now of course, the internet is obviously an amazing resource for support, but sometimes you just need to speak to an actual human.
True…Then what happened?
Well, unlike caller ID boxes, ‘the Rachel’ haircut, and going to one swing dancing class then claiming it as your hobby for the next 3 years, a few little gems did actually survive the 90’s and are still alive and well today. You’re one of them, 24/7 helplines are another. (Now my story is over, so here comes the aforementioned part):
I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no.
No, you don’t have to be feeling suicidal to use a hotline, not at all. They’re there for whatever you want to talk about that’s genuinely upsetting you.
Can’t stop thinking about your ex and too embarrassed to text your friends about it? HOTLINE.
Did you just view 12 apartments that were all blatantly sketchy and your stress about moving is growing by the second? HOTLINE
Have you just been kind of out of it lately, not really feeling like yourself, not really sure why? HOTLINE
Did you just have a baby and you’ve been in the house for 9 days without adult conversation? HOTLINE
Are you an entrepreneur? HOTLINE
Right this second, there are thousands of people who are ready to pick up and listen to absolutely anything you want to talk about. No cost, no catches.
If you think it’s lame or weird to use a hotline for support, it’s not.
*Reminder: it’s perfectly natural and normal for humans to want to talk to other humans about life.*
(And even if it’s still weird to you for whatever reason, no one ever has to know about it, so don’t overthink it.)
Ok, is your cell phone charged? Here’s some numbers, call them maybe:
For blah moments that could get messy fast: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you’re a caregiver to someone who is chronically ill: 1-800-829-2734
For parenting support: 1-800-4APARENT
If you are a victim of domestic violence: 1-800-799-7233
For crisis moments or if you’re feeling suicidal: If you’re in a crisis, call 911. A good way to gage whether it’s a crisis or not is to ask yourself if you trust yourself to make safe choices for the next 24 hours. If you’re still not sure, call 1-800-273-TALK.
Need more resources? I gotcha covered. Now take a legitimate deep breath, and let me tell you one more story. It’s actually just the ending, it’s all going to be alright.