BACKGROUND

Monday, December 30, 2013

Coping with Job Loss Both Financially and Emotionally

Job loss is difficult, both financially and emotionally. In my latest article, find out how to survive it and the well-meaning "help" from friends and family that sometimes makes it worse.

Coping with Job Loss Both Financially and Emotionally



Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mental health resources

DEPRESSION:
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
  • Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
  • National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Depression & Bipolar Alliances: 1-800-826-3632
  • Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
  • NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
  • Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
  • Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
  • Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999
  • Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: (UK only) 0844-561-6855
  • Beyondblue info line: (Australia only) 1300-22-4636
  • 24/7 Crisis Line:(Canada only) 905-522-1477
  • Lifeline Australia: 13-11-14
DOMESTIC ABUSE

  • National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD): 1-800-787-32324
  • National Sexual Assaut Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Center for the Prevention of School Violence: 1-800-299-6504
  • Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-548-2722
  • Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse): 1-800-477-4111
  • Child Abuse Hotline Support & Information: 1-800-792-5200
  • Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline: (UK Only) 0345 023 468
  • Sexual Abuse Centre: (UK Only) 0117 935 1707
  • Sexual Assault Support (24/7, English & Spanish): 1-800-223-5001
  • Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish: 1-800-992-2600
  • Relationships Australia: 1300-364-277
ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 1-888-55-4COAS (1-888-554-2627)
  • National Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker): 1-800-344-2666
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Be Sober Hotline: 1-800-BE-SOBER (1-800-237-6237)
  • Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
  • 24 Hour Cocaine Support Line: 1-800-992-9239
  • Ecstasy Addiction: 1-800-468-6933
  • Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779

YOUTH & TEEN HOTLINES

  • National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663
  • Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
  • Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999
  • Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000
  • Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900
  • TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336
  • Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009
  • Runaway Support (All Calls are Confidential): 800-231-694
  • National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 1800-231-6946
  • Child Helpline: (UK Only) 0800-111
  • Kids Helpline: (Australia) 1800-55-1800
  • Youth to Youth: (UK only) 020-8896-3675
  • Kids Help Phone Canada:1 (800) 668 - 6868
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673 

PREGNANCY HOTLINES

  • AAA Crisis Pregnancy Center: 1-800-560-0717
  • Pregnancy Support: 1-800-4-OPTIONS (1-800-467-8466)
  • Pregnancy National Helpline: 1-800-356-5761
  • Young Pregnant Support: 1-800 550-4900

GAY & LESBIAN HOTLINES

  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078
  • Gay & Lesbian National Support: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line: 1-800-850-8078
  • Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: (UK Only) 0121 622 6589
  • Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – Scotland: (Scotland Only) 0131 556 4049
OTHER HOTLINES
  • Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) (www.selfinjury.com)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Mental Health America: For a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community. Phone: 800-969-NMHA (6642
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness: Provides support, information, and referrals. Phone: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
  • Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64-PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: 1-802-296-6300 (not toll-free)
  • TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
  • Victims of Crime: Multi-language service available. 1-800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
  • Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
  • Parent Help Line (Australia only): 1300-364-100
  • National AIDS Helpline: (UK Only) 0800 567 123
  • Mensline Australia: 1300-789-978
Want a country by country list? Here are some more resources: helplines
The following sites also provides a country by country list of helplines available: 

Back Off

So today, I'm going to ask all my friends to do one thing - BACK OFF. Back off on the self-recriminations, the guilt, the regret, the judgment of others, re-living past pain, feeling less than. Back off and breathe. Know that you are human and fallible and that is OK. Sit with yourself quietly and breathe in all the amazing things about yourself - your incredible generosity, your courage, your kind spirit, your discipline, your love for others, your ability to rise from the ashes and make life better today than it was yesterday. BACK OFF AND BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS TODAY. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Holiday To Do List


Things to think about doing this holiday season if you're able. I'd love for people to add suggestions in the comments!! 

1. Pay off a stranger's lay-away (Click here for instructions on how to do that).

2. Pay for the meal of someone behind you in line at a drive-through.

3. Anonymously give gift cards to people you know are struggling.

4. Take an unemployed friend out for a nice dinner at their favorite restaurant. When you're unemployed or underemployed, you don't treat yourself to fun things like that so it's a nice gift.

5. Don't bother with a gift exchange among friends. Instead, plan an evening in (in January after the holiday craziness has settled) with a potluck and some movies or music. Put away the phone and iPad. Instead of adding to the list of people to buy for, give the gift of your time and attention to your friends.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Understanding How to Survive Workplace Bullying and Abuse

We always hear about workplace violence and shootings in the media, but every day people are silently suffering harassment, abuse, and bullying in the workplace. The effects of that are just as tragic as the violence we hear about. Learn more in my article:

Understanding How to Survive Workplace Bullying and Abuse