It’s been a stressful year, to put it lightly.
A global pandemic. A target on Louisiana for hurricanes. Working and schooling from home. There are countless reasons you may be feeling overwhelmed.
We all have different methods of managing stress, but sometimes our lives can feel like too much to handle. October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and there’s one important thing you need to know: it’s ok to ask for help.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana works to ensure everyone in our community has access to the supports they need to be physically and mentally healthy. Below are three resources that may help you during these periods of anxiety and worry.
- VIA LINK 211: 211, a vital service supported by United Way, makes sure help is available to all. VIA LINK’s 24/7 phone, text, and chat lines are a safe space for anyone going through a hard time, having thoughts about suicide, or just needs to talk. You can reach a trained professional by calling 211, texting your zip code to 898211, or visiting VIALINK.org. Help is also available for teens and young adults through VIA LINK’s Teen Crisis Textline, reachable 24/7 at 504-777-3273.
- Hospitality Cares: If you work in the hospitality industry, United Way SELA’s Hospitality Cares program is currently offering virtual counseling in individual, couple, and family settings through the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education. The program also plans to form industry support groups. Learn more here.
- United Way SELA Community Partners: United Way SELA funds 77 trusted programs across our seven-parish service region that provide critical services, including mental health supports. View the list here to find a partner near you.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, less than half of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018. Take control of your mental health and connect with help today - United Way will be here to support you.