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Miscellaneous Mental Health Resources/Motivation
Miscellaneous Mental Health Resources/Motivation
Therapist Finder — Psychology Today has a tool to help you filter and find therapists and counselors. You can add additional filters beyond location, such as which insurances they accept, what kinds of issues you’re having, the gender of the therapist (including non-binary), LGBTQ friendliness, as well as language, faith, and ethnicity competency. You can also sort by their therapy style and the age ranges they serve.
Psychiatrist Finder — Psychology Today has a tool to help you sort and select psychiatrists, physician’s assistants, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. You can add additional filters beyond location, such as which insurances they accept, what kinds of issues you’re having, the gender of the provider (including non-binary), LGBTQ friendliness, as well as language, faith, and ethnicity competency. You can also sort by their therapy style and the age ranges they serve.
How To Admit Yourself To A Psychiatric Hospital — Verywell created a guide that walks you through the process of voluntarily admitting yourself to a psychiatric or emergency hospital. In an emergency situation, you are able to go to any hospital and inform them that you’re suicidal, manic, or otherwise in crisis. You’re able to go the hospital on your own as a minor as young as 14 in Michigan, but they are required to inform your parents or social services that you’re there if you’re under 18 and admitted for inpatient treatment (in Michigan, you can still seek outpatient care on a limited basis without parent consent if you’re between 14-17).
A voluntary admission is one way that people in crisis can access help, safety, and medication management more quickly. Once you’ve checked in to the hospital, you should receive a copy of a patient’s rights booklet that will explain what your rights are and what to expect from the following days in a facility. It’s important to know that once you ask for this help, you may not be able to leave the hospital again for several days–bring a bag with clothes, toiletries, your phone charger, medications/hormones, your journal/hobby items, etc.
If you voluntarily check yourself in to the hospital, it’s important to make sure that it’s documented that way. Signing an involuntary psychiatric admission after age 18 may influence your ability to do certain things in the future, especially with regards to gun ownership, enlistment in the armed forces, and more.
How to Create a Suicide Safety Plan — Another guide from Verywell, this is a guide to creating a safety plan to know when you’re entering a mental health crisis, and listing out who and what can help you stay safe and practice harm reduction. This is a good activity to work on together with your therapist or support person. Having this plan written down and easy to reference can help you self-intervene before or during a mental health crisis.
Bad Bitches Have Bad Days Too — Megan Thee Stallion’s Traumazine-related project–Here, she links to crisis and mental health resources for a variety of intersectional identities. There are hotlines, therapy assistance program information, podcast links, and a link to the Traumazine website, where you can find a few links to some coping skills options–a link to Megan Thee Stallion’s merch website, a journaling service that acts similar to “Scream Into The Void”, and some links to a few of her music videos.
Scream Into The Void — Originally created by John Oliver’s team as a way for people to get their negative/mean thoughts out without hurting other people, this cathartic website allows you to type whatever you want to–when you’re done, just hit “Scream” and the words will get sucked away into the void. If you need to vent and can’t or don’t want to talk to other people, this is a good way to still get it all out.
Trevorspace — Trevorspace is run by the Trevor Project. This is a safe online community for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13-24 to find and interact with peers who’ll understand where they’re coming from as queer/trans youth.
Mightier Resource Page — Mightier is a service that has both a paid subscription option, as well as free resources and activities to help parents teach their children invaluable emotion regulation skills.
8 Ways To Manage Social Anxiety, According To Queer Mental Health Practitioners — Maria Saldana’s article for Them–Here are some great tips from queer mental health practitioners on ways that the LGBTQ+ plus community can manage social anxiety, with a discussion about the ways that QTBIPOC may also feel more social pressure and anxiety as a result of feeling a sense of not-belonging in many spaces.
11 Self-Care Tips, According to Expert Queer Healers — Wren Sanders’ article for Them–This is a great article that encourages you to listen to your body’s physical and emotional needs, take care of yourself, try new options to find out what is helpful to you, and to continue to embrace your queerness and prioritize your favorite aspects of who you are.
44 Self-Esteem Resources for Nonbinary Adolescents and Teens — From Online Counseling Programs, this is a great place to find non-binary positive articles, podcasts, activities for teens and youth, and resources for parents and clinicians.
Trans Joy Is Most Necessary When It Feels the Most Impossible — From the ACLU, this is a motivating, empowering article about trans joy being a revolutionary act, and how joy in the face of adversity and discrimination will help our collective liberation.
Finding Joy and Power in Being a Trans Person — Thomas McBee’s article for Them–This is another empowering, uplifting article about letting go of self-hatred, and embracing ourselves in order to find the love and joy that comes with being wonderfully human and trans.
15 Coping Strategies For Kids — From Verywell, here is an article about teaching kids both emotion-focused and problem-focused coping skills. There are also some tips for parents who are learning how to teach their children some of these healthier coping skills.
Small Ways To Feel Better When You’re Depressed Guide — Verywell put together a collection of 15 articles that might be helpful for some folks–some particularly good ones are “Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions”, “10 Things to Do If You’re Feeling Lonely”, and “7 Things You Can Do If You Feel Helpless”.
Level Up Life — Level up life is a website and app that lets you earn XP from completing a wide variety of real life challenges. If you’re looking for something to try as a replacement behavior, trying to find something to do when you’re fighting depression, or just looking for a fun list of things to do to make life more exciting and rewarding/help you set motivating goals, this is a good tool for you. You can choose goals/challenges from 13 different categories that span many different interests and aspects of life. As you level up, you’ll see new suggestions added to the categories of actions. You can also save challenges for later, create your own personal challenges, and connect with others if you want to.
Michigan.gov–Stay Well, Resources for Teens has links to upcoming workshops, mindfulness videos, resources about how to support your friends, and tips on cultivating joy.
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