From Darkness Into Light Resources

Mental Health  

Providing hope, encouragement, inspiration, and resources for those dealing with mental illnesses as well as their family and friends.  

Resources

You don’t have to be in crisis to get help. Many people don’t know how or where to find help for themselves or their loved when they need mental health services, but the following resources can assist you to find the mental health services you need. There are numerous places to go and/or call no matter what situation you are in. 

Reliable resources about mental illnesses and alternatives for helpful strategies to cope with the symptoms you are experiencing can take a lot of energy. Searching the amazing internet with its unlimited choices can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting at a time when your energy is in short supply. To provide an alternative, resources included on this site will be annotated. We want to spare you needless time scanning resources that don’t meet your particular needs. After all, if we’ve included a resource for your consideration, we have already examined and evaluated it. You can take advantage of our reviews in order to narrow your search. We will be continually adding new sites to our list in order to assist you in locating sites with reliable information and useful tips. 

NAMI

A great resource is NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, which is located in every U.S. state They offer support groups, free classes for those with mental illnesses and their family/caretakers, and more. Feel free to check out their website at www.nami.org. 

Community Resources

Please seek out community resources on your state or county’s online mental health page. You will find local resources that can help you in no matter the situation you are in. 

For Immediate Help

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 1-800-273-8255. Call this number NOW if you are suicidal or if you know someone who is. If you are in immediate danger, go to your local hospital Emergency Room. If you don’t have someone to take you, call 911. 

Suicide Risk Warning Signs 

-Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
-Looking for a way to kill oneself (online research)
-Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live 
-Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
-Talking about being a burden to others
-Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
-Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
-Sleeping too little or too much 
-Withdrawing or feeling isolated
-Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge 
-Displaying extreme mood swings

If you are displaying any of these warning signs and feel at all suicidal, please seek professional help immediately and speak with a trusted loved one or friend about your symptoms as well. If you know of someone displaying the above signs, please tell someone you trust and try to talk to the person. 

 Here for your consideration are some resources. We aim to provide helpful info. Not all of it will be equally helpful to every person who scans this site. Mental illness crosses all national, cultural, religious, gender, age, social, sexual orientation, and economic boundaries. Remember: If you are HUMAN, you are susceptible to mental illness, just as you are susceptible to physical illness. With that in mind, the following resources are included to help you or someone you love to COPE with mental illness. If it doesn’t look like a resource or method that appeals to you, that’s fine. There are many valid, healthy ways to cope. We acknowledge and respect different approaches and encourage you to explore what helps YOU. 

The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is a world renowned leader in both health care treatment and research. If you have a mental health issue that you would like to know more about, this is one of the top sites to visit for reliable information and suggestions for treatment.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/definition/con-20033813 

Project UROK

This website is a terrific resource geared toward teens and young adults who face mental health challenges. It is lively, positive, engaging, interactive and can provide support and inspiration for people of all ages in spreading the message that UROK (you are okay) regardless of mental illness. It is web and social media based and encourages video and blog submissions to spread its message. There is no charge to sign up for an account which enables participants to access all available resources. This is non-profit organization which accepts (but does not require) donations to further its mission. 

http://projecturok.org/about-project-urok/

Colorfy

Obsessions, anxiety, depression can be overwhelming at times. It may seem next to impossible to get your mind to focus on anything else. Consider coloring. Yes, really, coloring! Coloring is a focused activity. Colors subtly influence responses in our brains. Coloring is creative. You choose how your picture will look. One coloring design can be interpreted in thousands of different ways, so your product will reflect something that is uniquely your own. There are plenty of books and designs available for printing from websites. You can choose crayons, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, or chalks. There are coloring themes to reflect nearly any interest you have. Geometrics, mandalas, flowers, and butterflies are popular and easy to find. it’s important to realize that coloring is not a time wasting activity. It is a healthy, satisfying, non-harmful, creative, and productive pastime. Not everyone has the talent of a great artist, but nearly everyone can create beauty. Ignore anyone who is critical of this as a suitable activity for adults. From a mental health perspective, coloring can be calming, encourage focus, and improve mood. Check out Colorfy too. It is a free downloadable app available for both Android and iPhones. Choose a design, select a color, and tap the areas you want to fill with that color. Just a tap will undo and redo the colors. You can save your completed picture, or just move on to a new one. This is great for improving focus and reducing anxiety when you have a little down time during a busy, stressful day. 

http://colorfy.net/

The Semicolon Project

In just a few short years a semicolon drawn on one’s wrist with pen/marker, or a semicolon tattoo has become a highly visible symbol of personal struggles with mental illness and/or support for those who face mental illness challenges. The semicolon indicates a sentence which could have ended, but didn’t. As visible symbol of mental illness challenges, it says, “My story isn’t ended.” It raises awareness of mental health issues and the people who are affected by them. It is also a reminder that mental illness can affect anyone and that there is no need to hide it or be ashamed of it.  

http://www.semicolontattoo.com/

https://www.facebook.com/semicolontattoo/info?tab=overview

Drug Rehab

Drug Rehab's goal is to provide individuals with information to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health. There's clearly a connection between substance abuse and mental health disorders, and any number of combinations can develop, each with its own set of unique causes and symptoms, as well as its own appropriate intervention methods.

https://www.drugrehab.com/


The Addiction Center


​The Addiction Center is not a specific treatment, however they are a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Their goal is to help these individuals and loved ones by providing them with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery support. You can check them out at: https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/bipolar-disorder/


Guild Incorporated


​Guild is located in St. Paul, MN  and provides services in the seven-county metro area.  Their mission is helping individuals with mental illnesses lead quality lives. They accomplish this by providing a variety of community-based services, which include community treatment services, residential services & short-term crisis stabilization and treatment, employment services, and care coordination.   They can help with skills training, illness and medication management, socialization and peer support, housing supports and specialized care for individuals with histories of long-term homelessness.  Eligibility for each service offered can vary by county of residence and an individual’s insurance plan.  To learn more, contact their Community Access team at 651.291.0067 or use their online inquiry form.  

You can check them at  www.guildincorporated.org


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