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5 Ways Dogs Can Help Improve and Manage Mental Health

Are you struggling with your mental health and wondering whether getting a dog will help? Or maybe you’re wondering if a dog can help a loved one affected by depression or anxiety? Bringing a dog into your life is a big commitment but if you are up for the challenge, studies show that dogs can be beneficial in the management of mental health symptoms and conditions. Read on to find out a few of the multiple reasons to add the love of a dog to your life. Read more

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Disclosing a Mental Health Condition to Others

Source:  https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition/Disclosing-to-Others

Our stories are not meant for everyone and the important people in your life might not know much about mental illness. It’s important to plan ahead about how to tell others about your mental illness and ask yourself:  “Who has earned the right to hear my story?”

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Mental Health Resources after Disasters

Many of us are returning to our homes after evacuating from Hurricane Irma.  Some of us are still lacking electricity and running water or are engaged in clean-up efforts.  Whatever your situation, it’s completely understandable to experience fear, anxiety, sadness, or shock immediately after a natural disaster.  The emotional effects of evacuation, rescues, and searches can be dramatic.  These effects can sometimes last for months or even years.
Following a disaster, people might lose their jobs, be displaced from their homes, or even worse.  Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after events that threaten one’s own life and the lives of their loved ones.   If you are experiencing symptoms, it may indicate a more serious issue and there is no shame in asking for help.

Post-Irma Mental Health Resources

NAMI Hotline (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that provides information, referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET.
The number is 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
NAMI also has a Crisis Text Line. Text NAMI to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

A 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.