We all just need someone who gets it. Whether it’s 1 person or a small group of 6, we need resources that will provide support, care and understanding. My biggest issue with depression was never actually being depressed; it was being depressed and not having anyone around me who understood how I was feeling. It was feeling a super heavy and unfamiliar sadness that my family and friends couldn’t relate to. People always ask, “how did you get through it without therapy?” The truth is: I haven’t “gotten through” anything; I’ve simply taken on the challenge of taking it one day at a time. However, any time the opportunity to heal presents itself, I try to take advantage of it – especially when it doesn’t cost.
Here are 8 free resources that offer the support you’re looking for:
If you’re battling with self-harm
If you ever have the urge to self-harm, there’s a support group that you can sign up for here. Although I don’t agree with the setup of the site (a lot of people post about their urges but I didn’t see any encouragement or solutions), you may find it helpful to know that you are not alone.
If you’re battling with anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety often, create a profile on Anxiety Social Net here. This site offers therapists, general information, support groups, treatment information and more. Aside from knowing that you are not alone, they have information that can help you take steps to overcoming it. Lastly, they have a list of support groups that you can attend in person in your state.
If you’re a rape or sexual assault survivor
If you survived rape or sexual assault, you can anonymously join the After Silence message board here. You can share your story and find resources on their site.
If you’re battling with depression or bipolar disorder
If you’re suffering from depression or bipolar disorder, visit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance site here. Get educated on your illness, weigh your treatment options and receive support online and in-person.
If you’re grieving someone who committed suicide
If you’re grieving someone who died by suicide then you should visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention site here. They have many support groups that you can join and/or donate to.
If you have obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors
With more than 200 groups listed, the International OCD Foundation offers resources, programs and tips on how to find the right therapist for you. You can visit their site here.
If you suffer from Schizophrenia
If you suffer from schizophrenia, you can visit the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America site here; you’ll be able to find resources and treatment information. You can also call into their phone groups every Sunday, Thursday and Friday at 855-640-8271. Use code: 88286491#
If you’re battling with Postpartum Depression
Catered to women of color, you can visit the Postpartum Progress site here to receive information regarding programs, support groups and symptoms.
Do you or anyone you know suffer from an illness and benefit from free resources?