Helplines, Hotlines and Online Support Groups for Your Physical and Mental Health
Written By: LOCALE Editors Online Support Groups Quarantine
There’s no doubt that self-isolation has put a dent into our daily routines. While it’s imperative to practice social distancing right now, this can be difficult for those who seek support for their sobriety or mental health. Thanks to modern technology, there are ways to attend the meetings you need most—all while keeping yourself and loved ones healthy.
Maintain Your Mental Health Online Support Groups Quarantine
For those struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health diagnoses, this can be a trying time. Not only are there 24/7 hotlines available for one-on-one communication, but there are online support groups as well. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) offers a full schedule of online support groups for adults and young adults, and Turn2me.org is a non-political, non-religious and non-judgemental site for those seeking help with anxiety, stress management and general mental health issues. For those with eating disorders, the recent barren shelves in our grocery stores could be a trigger; fortunately, there are online eating disorder support groups like Eating Disorder Hope to help. There’s a multitude of other support channels out there, usually just a Google search away, so don’t be afraid to take a look.
Maintain Your Sobriety Online Support Groups Quarantine
Staying sober during a time like this can be extremely challenging, so don’t be afraid to seek individual or group support. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) offers a 24/7 hotline for free, confidential help. If you are more interested in a virtual group setting, there are online Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, among others. While you’re home, be sure that substances are removed from the space, and try to be isolated with someone (family member, partner, friend, etc) who supports your sobriety. Don’t forget to talk to your sponsor—it’s more important than ever to stay in touch.
Maintain Your Safety
While the idea of staying at home can be a comfort to some, to others, home is not always the safest place to be. If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of a loved one (two- or four-legged), call or text one of these secure hotlines for assistance: