You Are Not Alone

Mental Health

When faced with the challenges of mental illness, it's important to remember that you are not alone. While each person's journey is unique, many individuals share similar struggles. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five adults will experience some form of mental illness in a given year.

It is disheartening to note that the suicide rates among Black and Latino communities have been increasing at a faster rate compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Furthermore, Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress compared to those with greater financial security. Structural racism also presents barriers to accessing necessary care and treatment, leaving only one in three Black adults who require mental health support receiving it.

Whether you are personally grappling with a mental health issue or seeking ways to support someone who is, there are numerous resources available to provide assistance and guidance. Here are some valuable resources that may be useful to you:

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is my number one go to resource when I feel down. You don’t have to talk on the phone, just text! The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
  • Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is a nonprofit organization that provides free, 24/7 support via text message to people in crisis. text HOME to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor who can provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and referrals to resources in your area.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): SAMHSA is a government agency that provides resources, information, and referrals for people seeking mental health and substance abuse services. they offer a helpline, treatment locators, and online resources for people with mental health and substance use disorders.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness for people with mental health conditions, their families, and communities. They offer a helpline, support groups, education classes, and online resources for people living with mental health conditions.
  • Talkspace: Talkspace is an online therapy platform that provides affordable and convenient access to licensed therapists. With Talkspace, you can message your therapist anytime, anywhere, and receive personalized support and guidance on your mental health journey.
  • Headspace: Headspace is a mindfulness and meditation app that can help reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase overall well-being. They offer guided meditations, sleep sounds, and other resources to help you prioritize your mental health and well-being. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Many employers offer EAPs, which provide free, confidential counseling and support services to employees and their families. EAPs can help employees manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Always remember that reaching out for help when dealing with mental health concerns is an act of strength, not weakness. It's important to recognize that even as a Social Worker, a professional, a leader, a mom, a daughter, a sister, and a friend, I too face my own struggles. This serves as a reminder that you are never alone in your journey.

If you or someone you know is facing difficulties, don't hesitate to seek support. There are resources available to provide the necessary guidance and assistance to navigate your mental health journey. Remember, you don't have to face these challenges alone.

Substance use disorder/Addiction

If you have a loved one who is battling drug or alcohol addiction, witnessing their struggles can be incredibly challenging. It's important to remember and embrace the three C's: "I didn't cause it, I can't control it, and I can't cure it." While you may not have the power to change their addiction directly, you can still play a significant role in supporting them and taking care of yourself.

If you find yourself wondering how to assist them in overcoming their substance abuse issues, it's important to understand that their readiness to quit is a crucial factor. They may be contemplating seeking help for their substance abuse and unsure where to turn. In these situations, there are several avenues you can explore to help a person struggling with drug addiction:

If you are a friend or family member of someone struggling with drug or alcohol use, I want to emphasize the importance of seeking support and guidance. One valuable resource you can consider is joining a Nar Anon Zoom meeting.

If you are personally struggling with drug or alcohol use, I want you to know that help and support are available to you. One valuable resource you can turn to is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA provides information and resources to help you find treatment and detoxification facilities that can assist you on your journey to recovery.

Remember, you are stronger than you may realize, and there is hope for a better life ahead. It is never too late to seek help and make positive changes. With the right support and determination, you can overcome this challenge and build a brighter future for yourself.


The resources provided on this website are intended as recommendations only and should not replace professional medical advice from your doctors/Mental Health Counselors. It is crucial to always consult with your doctor and seek appropriate treatment for any mental or physical health issues you may be experiencing. Your doctor's guidance is essential in ensuring your well-being and addressing your specific health concerns effectively.