There were a lot of great things about 2017, but I can’t be sorry to say goodbye. I hope 2018 is going to be a fantastic year. I’ve thought a lot about hope, optimism, and nostalgia. Looking back to what was cheats us out of what is. Sometimes the “what is” can look pretty bleak. These are times it’s a good idea to shift our focus from everything wrong, or dodge thinking that everything used to be better, so that we can appreciate the here and now.
For some people that’s a hard and seemingly impossible task. There is no shame in asking for help. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or feelings of hopelessness, here are a few resources.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s behavioral health treatment services locator is an easy and anonymous way to locate treatment facilities and other resources, such as support groups and counselors, to treat and manage depression.
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
If your depression is leading to suicidal thoughts, call the National Hopeline to connect with a depression treatment center in your area. The Hopeline also offers a live chat feature for those who don’t want to (or are unable to) call and can dispatch emergency crews to your location if necessary.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This national hotline is another valuable resource for people whose depression has escalated to suicidal or other harmful thoughts. Their network of crisis centers provide emotional support and guidance to people in distress and are also available via a chat service and a special hotline number for the hearing impaired: 1-800-799-4889.
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663
This resource provides brief interventions for youth who are dealing with pregnancy, sexual abuse, child abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts. They also provide referrals to local counseling, treatment centers, and shelters.
I’m wishing the absolute best for you and the people you love in 2018.