Since the election last week, many people are experiencing intense feelings on both sides of the political dichotomy that is occurring. Individuals are anxious and wary about upcoming changes in our government and society, and some feel depressed and hopeless and fear that their freedom of identity is at risk. In some cases, this hopelessness is leading to suicidal ideation and sometimes suicidal attempt. I welcome each of you to contact me if you need someone to talk to out of confusion, anxiety, or anger as I will accept you regardless of your race, ethnicity, culture, gender, political beliefs, or religion.
There are other resources that are available as well. Many insurance companies will help connect you with a mental health provider in your network. Often there is a number or website on the back of your insurance card that indicates it is for member services or to find a provider. For individuals who have Medicare, you should be able to find a provider in your network on www.medicare.gov.
For those who identify within the LGBTQ community and who may not have insurance, I recommend the following as they may offer sliding scale fees:
There are also many crisis hotlines available as well that you can contact 24/7 that are free and confidential including:
Suicidal Hotlines: (800) 273-TALK (8255) and (800) SUICIDE (784-2433)
Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ Youth): 866-488-7386.
Crisis Text Line: Text "GO" to 741741
I know this is not a very thorough list and I apologize; however, I just wanted to get something out there as quickly as I could rather than nothing at all. I will be updating this as I think of more resources.