There is nothing more isolating, and yet, so universal than depression and anxiety. It can almost feel as if you’re sinking within yourself with no switch to release. It’s necessary to know who and what resources are available for you. But asking for help can be just as debilitating as the trauma.
Knowing that finding the right resources can be daunting, we took out some of the guesswork in picking a suitable coping mechanism to fit your needs.
1. For support during the most difficult moments, try notOK.
When Hannah Lucas, 15, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that attacks your body, the teen became depressed, anxious, and practiced self-harm. It was then that she and her brother Charlie went to a summer coding camp and later developed the app.
When the user is in distress, they just tap the notOK button, which automatically sends out a text message that reads, “Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me.” This message is sent along with a link to the current GPS location to five pre-selected contacts who can offer emotional or physical support.
2. For those times when you just need to text with someone who’ll listen, try Crisis Text Line.
While nothing beats talking to a professional therapist, sometimes money and timing is a factor and you need immediate support. Crisis Text Line is a confidential messaging service that connects you with a crisis counselor when you text 741741 with your crisis.
Sometimes you just need to be heard and to have someone tell you that it’s OK. And if you feel like you’re in danger of suicide or homicide, the crisis counselor will try to work with you to form a safety plan.
Use it by texting START to 741-741.
3. For help in developing the skills to deal with anxiety, stress, and panic, try Rootd.
Panic attacks have a way of creeping up on you without a moment’s notice that knowing what to do next and how to focus can make it even more overwhelming. Rootd takes you on a guided journey to relief by either tackling the panic attack head on or alleviating the stressors as quick as possible.
Rootd doesn’t just help in the present, it gives you the tools and knowledge to understand your anxiety and panic attacks through short-term and long-term lessons.
4. For an extremely accessible introduction to meditation, try Headspace.
What if we could program our brains to be happy and healthy? Headspace bills itself as a personal trainer for the mind and offers 10-minute meditation lessons catering to different areas of life: health, performance, and relationships.
It’s perfect to use during your commute in the morning or evening if you take public transportation or right before, during or after a high anxiety situation.
5. For connecting to a professional when you don’t want to deal alone, try Talkspace.
No one should be turned away from quality healthcare just because they aren’t insured or have the money to see a doctor and therapist.
Thanks to their format which allows users to communicate with their matched therapist across platforms—phone, laptop, and tablet—there is no restraint in time and place in which you can connect with licensed support with no judgment.