Get Help

If you are in a state of distress and are feeling like no one understands or will
“never get where you’re coming from,” We are here to tell you that you are not alone.
There are many others like you who have had these thoughts and are wanting to help you through this.

The first step in feeling better is reaching out.

Below are some well-established suicide prevention resources and advocacy groups.
These people know how you feel and want to help.

In CNY:
Call Contact:

Onondaga County:  315-251-0600
Cayuga County: 1-877-400-8740

Anywhere else in the US:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention Services of America has an online chat available as well Click here to be taken to their website.

New York State Office of Mental Health Click here to be taken to their website

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Syracuse Chapter
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Click here to be taken to their website.
315-487-2085

Veterans:

Call the Veterans Crisis Line:

1-800-273-8255 Press 1

The Veterans Crisis Line also has an online chat available as well as a texting option. Send a text 838255. Click here to be taken to their website.

LGBT:

The GLBT National Help Center has a hotline as well as a dedicated youth hotline.

Call: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Youth hotline: 1-888-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

Click here to see other support line options available through the GLBT National Help Center.

LGBT Youth:

The Trevor Project is the ONLY 24/7 lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13-24.

Trevor Project has their own lifeline with trained counselors waiting to assist as well as online chat and text capabilities.

Call 866-488-7386.

You can text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.

Text services are available on Thursdays and Fridays between
4:00pm – 8:00pm EST/1:00pm – 5:00pm PT

Click here to visit the site where you will see the online chat option.

As always, if you are in a state of severe distress, and you have already harmed yourself,

please call 911.

Addiction:

Substance abuse is common among people who suffer from depression and many people with depressive disorder tend to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to alleviate the symptoms of their illness.

DrugRehab.com is an organization that provides information and answers to people fighting addiction. The website has extensive information on a multitude of issues such as substance abuse, addiction, and mental illness.

The pages that talk about depression, OCD and PTSD are very informative.

24/7 Helpline: 877-695-5395

AddictionResource.com is a FREE online resource for drug abuse and addiction with over 700 informative articles and guides. Addiction Resource is already used by the state websites of Utah and North Dakota along with Universities such as Berkeley and The University of Rhode Island.

If you or your loved one are struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), Alcohol Rehab Guide has a wealth of information. When you’re working to overcome a drinking problem or maintain your sobriety, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are resources across the country that are designed specifically for individuals and loved ones impacted by the harmful effects of alcohol. With the guidance of these organizations, you will have the tools for living a healthy and alcohol-free life.

Recovery Village

Recovery Village is an organization with locations across the country, dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug-addiction/drugs-and-suicide/

Trauma and addiction and its effects on childhood
https://silvermistrecovery.com/childhood-trauma-and-addiction-in-adulthood/

Addiction Group

Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness to as many as theycan reach.

Alcohol Rehab Help

Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Not only do we offer information on Alcohol Use Disorder, but we also have comprehensive information regarding treatment options.

Online Rehab by Decision Data

a page that covers everything needed to know about online rehab so people can still find the help they need. This resource covers how online rehab works, who can benefit from it, and also goes over the leading online rehab centers so readers can find one that works for them.

In the UK:
Looking for professional help and don’t know where to start? Addiction Helper is a UK based organization committed to helping those uncertain where to begin.
https://www.addictionhelper.com

Inspirational Websites and Blogs: 

Fellow two-time, suicide loss survivor, and licensed marriage and family therapist, Brandy Lidbeck runs a website for those who have lost a loved one to suicide called, thegiftofsecond.com. Here, fellow survivors write about their journeys, offering hope and encouragement.
Brandy has recently released the book, The gift of Second: Healing from the Impact of Suicide. You can view the trailer for her book at the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8EaqnYt8pY

For Suicide Attempt Survivors
fortheheartcries.blogspot.co

PTSD Resources

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not only effects our ability to function during the day, but can also wreak havoc with our sleep.
Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.

Their resource guide includes an in-depth look at how physical and mental trauma can affect the brain’s ability to rest.
Because sleep is such a vital part of wellness, chronic sleep deprivation can make recovery difficult and increase the severity of physical and mental symptoms. Their guide also includes information about what to do if PTSD or a traumatic brain injury is causing insomnia or disturbed sleep.

Tuck has been featured on NBC News, Lifehacker, and Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

You can check out their trauma and sleep guide here

PTSD Self-Test

PTSD self-screening online provided by Safe Harbor House

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and people who have been through a physical or sexual assault, abuse, accident, disaster, or other serious events. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous ordeal. Some people develop PTSD after a friend or family member experiences danger or harm. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can also lead to PTSD.

Facts about Mental Health

TBL is a huge advocate for Mental Health awareness.
Mental illness is a serious medical condition that can affect a person’s ability to function in their daily life. Suffering from mental illness means navigating the world differently than a person who doesn’t.

There are millions of Americans who navigate life with a mental health diagnosis, yet many are still going untreated due to the stigma connected to mental illness.

Click here for informational article.

Resources on Mental Health and Sleep

We all know sleep is important. In addition to rejuvenating us after a long day, sleep also helps our mental health.
Mattress Advisor has some useful articles on sleep and our mental health. Check out the links below.

A Guide to Sleep after a Trauma

The Relationship between Depression and Insomnia

Why Sleep is so Important to Mental Health

Resource for Teens and the Impacts of Sleep on Mental Health

Teens and the Impact of Sleep on Mental Health

Unfortunately, with the impact COVID-19 has had on the world around us, it has only made the issue of insomnia in teens larger. So, with mental health front of mind, this team created a guide to provide all the information from what causes insomnia in teens, the physical and mental health effects of insomnia, and even a section for parents to understand how they can help their teens. You can view it here:
https://myslumberyard.com/blog/teens-impact-of-sleep-on-mental-health/

The three main sections (which have been medically reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis) include the factors that contribute to insomnia in teens, explanations for all the ways sleep deprivation can impact their physical and mental health, and a break down of how parents can support their child and promote healthy sleep into their routine.

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Attention Friends,
If you have an article or a resource with information on mental health and or suicide prevention, please email us at twobrotherslight@gmail.com so we can review it.

Thank you so much for reaching out.