World Mental Health Day: Taking the first steps

It's ok not to be ok
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By RADIO.COM

World Mental Health Day is here and with the help of RADIO.COM's I’m Listening initiative we are reminding you that talk has the power to save lives and access to mental health resources will always be crucial to making our world a better place.

It is always ok to ask for help. During this year’s I’m Listening broadcast so many incredible artists reminded us that they too have asked for help and shared that it is ok not to be ok. Guns N Roses’ Duff McKagan says, “It’s safe, it’s okay to talk about and it happens to a lot more of us than we know. If we’ve got each other’s back then we’re good. Talk is totally key.”

The mega popstar, new mom, and mental health champion, Katy Perry created an entire studio album centered around the highs and lows of her own mental health journey. When talking about her experiences around using her album Smile, as a tool to cope with mental health Katy shared, "I say to myself, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to be depressed again, I don’t know if I’m going to go through it, but I have this touchstone to remind me that I came out the other end. I lived.’”

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Creating a space to discuss how we feel and using music to evoke our deepest thoughts are both powerful first steps into the world of mental health. Country star Luke Combs also adds that awareness and information is key to taking care of your mental well being. Knowledge increases how we can take care of ourselves or know when we need to ask for help. "It's been a huge part of my life. A couple of ways to maintain my mental health is making myself aware to the things I know I'm prone to,” Combs shares.

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Practicing the ability to speak to yourself positively and kindly is also an amazing way to take new steps towards mental health. DJ Khaled shares, "I tell my team and myself everyday… let's embrace these blessings, let's be great but grateful. Nobody can’t tell you that you’re not the best.”

You can revisit this year's full edition of the I'm Listening broadcast here.

Today on World Mental Health Day, here is a list of further mental health resources. You are not alone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL)
Phone: 1-800-273-8255
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free and confidential service will provide crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Their website also offers a live chat for anyone in need.

Crisis Text Line (741-741)
TEXT: TALK to 741-741
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, and it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their trained Crisis Counselors are available for coping with any painful emotion for which you need support.

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
1-888-333-2377
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises awareness, funds research, and provides support and resources to those affected by suicide.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
240-485-1001
For information on the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of anxiety and depression.

Concussion Legacy Foundation
Concussion and CTE Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
1-800-826-3632
For information online or in-person support for those with bipolar disorder and depression.

My3 App
Define your network and your plan to stay safe.

National Eating Disorders Association
1-800-931-2237

Now Matters Now
Now Matters Now provides skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts.

Psychology Today
Provides a national directory of therapists, psychiatrists, group therapy, and other options.

RAINN
1-800-656-4673
National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Seize The Awkward
Provides tips and tools to help young adults reach out to their friends about their mental health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
1-800-662-4357
Provides referrals to mental health care, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis treatment at a low cost/sliding scale.

Talkspace
Online, on-demand digital therapy.

The Trevor Project
1-866-488-7386
The Trevor Project provides confidential support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Their phone hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Trans Lifeline
877-565-8860
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.

TWLOHA
Connect to mental health resources in your community.

Veteran’s Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 | TEXT: 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is available for veterans in crisis and their families and friends who are in need of support. Their hotline, text message service, and online chat are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide confidential support to those facing a crisis.

Above all, help is available. If there is any question as to who can help start the process, your primary care physician is available to answer questions and provide referrals.

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