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You are not alone: Resources available for those in crisis

Just a reminder that with the holidays can come not only excitement, joy, and gratitude but also mental anguish and stress. Too often mixed among the merriment are things like depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, and even suicide.

Please know that you are not alone.


There are many other places to go for help. Mental health counseling is a good place to start. In Washington state, you can contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You can get help by calling or texting 988 or chatting online at Lifeline Crisis Chat.


If you are a public safety professional, Safe Call Now is another excellent option that provides a confidential outlet for seeking help. Reach them at 206-459-3020.


There are many of other resources for people seeking support. If you find yourself in a stressful or physically threatening situation, consider using these hotlines:

  1. In a life crisis, reach out to counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  2. If you don’t feel safe at home, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or text “LOVEIS” to 22522.
  3. If you are seeking help coping with drug or alcohol addiction, call the National Drug Helpline at 1-844-289-0879.
  4. Connect with a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.
  5. Get 24/7 assistance from the confidential Drug and Alcohol Abuse Hotline. 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is a federally funded national hotline that provides help and guidance for those with mental or substance use disorders.

Please be sure to always look after each other, and know that if you need help, you are not alone.


This article first appeared at the Teamsters 117 blog.

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