I know that my Livejournal is mainly used for posting silly fangirl-y stuff, or ranting, but I just want you guys to know that if you ever want to talk, I'm always here. Always. No matter if it's just venting about something, or if you feel completely hopeless. I genuinely care about every single one of you out there. I don't have all the answers, of course, but I will help you as much as possible, as much as I can. I'd say that I know more about mental illness than the average person, both from research and from personal experience; in fact, I plan to make my career helping people. If nothing else, I can direct you to someone else who can help you better, or just be here to listen.
Anyone can always message me ANYTIME, about anything. It's 100% confidential. I also have Gmail, Yahoo, AIM, etc. if you want to talk to me on there, or ask me for my number and you can text/call me when you want to talk. It can be anonymous if you want. You don't have to give your name or anything.
Please ask for help before doing anything drastic. Please. I care about you. Your family and friends care about you. We all love you. Get help. It doesn't seem like it right now, but THINGS WILL GET BETTER, I promise. THERE IS HOPE. You DO NOT have to go through hell. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. If this message reaches just one person, and helps them, it will all be worth it. <3
If you don't want to talk to me, or think you need professional help, here are some resources that can help, even if you are not necessarily suicidal or in crisis:
1-800-SUICIDE is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide hotline staffed by professionals that can help.
1-800-273-TALK is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide helpline that can put you through to your local crisis center.
http://www.suicidehotlines.com lists hotlines and helplines for every state in the US, as well as what to expect when calling.
http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/ If you are feeling hopeless, take a few minutes to read this first. It's a helpful website that talks about suicide. I know that I have used it when I was feeling depressed and suicidal, and personally it helped me a lot. It also lists a few resources that you can contact.
http://www.samaritans.org/ - The Samaritans are a 24-hour volunteer organization designed to help people going through any kind of issue, to talk and listen non-judgmentally. They are located in the UK, but anyone can talk to them.
http://www.something-fishy.org/ is a pro-recovery site for those suffering from eating disorders, as well as friends and family members. Provides plenty of help, resources, and support.
1-800-656-HOPE is a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for sexual assault and rape.
1-800-799-SAFE is a 24-hour, toll-free hotline for domestic abuse.
http://www.befrienders.org/ provides WORLDWIDE resources for every country, which is helpful if you are located outside of the US.
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ The Trevor Project is a project to help LGBT youth and young adults. If you have ever been bullied, or discriminated against, or hated yourself because of your sexuality, The Trevor Project can help. It has live, online chats with volunteers, or you can email them to talk.
866-4.U.TREVOR is The Trevor Project's 24-hour lifeline.
(No idea why LJ bolded that whole part, sorry)
Of course, there are many, many, MANY other resources out there. There are broad ones that help everyone, and then ones specified to your problem or your group - for example, survivors of rape, or Spanish-speaking people. No matter what city, state, or country you live in, there is most likely help nearby. NO ONE has to feel alone in this.
IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED IMMEDIATE HELP, DO NOT HESITATE TO GET IT. IF YOU FEEL LIKE HURTING OR KILLING YOURSELF OR OTHERS, SEEK IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. CALL 911, OR THE EQUIVALENT EMERGENCY NUMBER IN YOUR COUNTRY. GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM, OR ASK SOMEONE TO DRIVE YOU. THEY CAN HELP.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I'm proud of you. DON'T GIVE UP! Help is out there for you! <3