Mental Health Resources for Girls
May is mental health awareness month, which is why I intend to provide resources and information regarding the topic of mental health. These are issues that need to be discussed due to the ever present stigma surrounding mental illness.
Don’t ever let shame or stigma prevent you from reaching out for help because you are not alone; approximately 1 / 5 teens have a diagnosable mental health disorder while only 50% get the help they need.
Below are three phone numbers you can call for the crisis center right here in Birmingham. Read more about the services they provide, which include but are not limited to various support groups and counseling services: https://crisiscenterbham.org/
Crisis Center in Birmingham AL Hotlines:
Crisis Line: (205) 323-7777
Rape Response Line: (205) 323-7273
Teen Link: (205) 328-5465
Hotlines/ Resources from the Teen Health and Wellness website: https://teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines
You can access the Crisis Text Line (U.S. only): Text “HELLO” to 741741 or message them on FB at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine to chat with a Crisis Counselor. Available for service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Additionally, the following phone numbers are hotlines for their TeenLine:
(310) 855-HOPE (4673)
(800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (U.S. and Canada only)
Or text “TEEN” to 839863
TeenLine services are available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. pacific time, every night.
National Suicide Hotlines:
Lifeline Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Each resource from the national suicide prevention center is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The Trevor Project (Suicide Prevention for LBGT+ Youth): TrevorLifeline is available 24/7 and can be used as a crisis or suicide prevention hotline: 866-488-7386
TrevorChat is available 7 days a week, (3pm–10pm ET / Noon–7pm PT): https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/#sm.00001oafd0yx86cvkq0l5hxo8m5bx
TrevorText is available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT: Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral (NEDA) Resources:
Chat using their NEDA Click to Chat service: https://chatserver.comm100.com/ChatWindow.aspx?siteId=144464&planId=467&visitType=1&byHref=1&partnerId=-1
Crisis Text Line: Text “NEDA” to 741741
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) helpline is available to provide support Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If no one is available when you call, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. They are closed to observe some holidays.
Covenant House Teen Hotline (NineLine)
This is a general hotline for adolescents and their families but also specializes in helping with runaway or homeless youth topics. It can also help with youth addiction/ youth substance abuse issues.
Call: 1 (800) 999-9999
Free Online Counseling Services:
Did you know that you can get free online counseling? This could be a godsend for people who can’t afford face to face counseling, and I’d recommend looking into one of the resources below if you feel like you could benefit from counseling:
DISCLAIMER: If you decide to pursue online counseling or in person counseling, please remember one thing. Not all counselors/ therapists are going to work for you. Some are better than others, so don’t be discouraged if you feel like the first counselor you talk to isn’t very helpful. If possible, take the time to research each therapist before scheduling an appointment. Make sure they specialize in what you need help with.
Info on teen mental health stats: https://www.teentreatmentcenter.com/teen-mental-health-statistics/