Your Mental Health Matters

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By Jaimie Hutchison
Your mental health is very important. The current circumstances have added extra stress and pressure to many. These are unusual times where many things are unknown. Please know that you are not alone, and that you are valued.

You are not alone.

The WorkLife Office hosted a webinar titled "Taking Care of Yourself in Times of Uncertainty" with Jaimie Hutchison to discuss the information below.  You can click here to view the recording (Requires MSU NetID, includes transcript).  If you are already logged into Spartan365, you'll see the video embedded on this website below.

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It's currently the case that many people who have BCN through MSU are being told by BCN that online counseling is not being covered. In response EAP talked with MSU HR this morning. HR is looking into it and will get back to EAP and share with the rest of us. UPDATE: There was a recent update that BCN will be covering online counseling, but we do not yet have the official word nor details. Here is the BCN press release.

MSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering only phone or online counseling sessions at this point -- they are temporarily suspending in-person appointments.  They are focusing on sessions only now and have dropped all other services (such as classes etc.).  The current wait time to get in is between 2 and 3 weeks.

If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please know there are hotlines available. Sometimes we are dealing with things at home that may escalate due to being socially confined. Please know that you are not alone. MSU, BCN and national hotlines are doing their best to meet the mental health needs of our community.

Hotline Resources 

Suicide Referral and Resources 

  1. National Suicide Prevention Hotline 
  1. Number: 800-273-TALK (8255) 
  1. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/  
  1. 24-hour National Suicide Crisis Hotline: Automatically directs call to nearest crisis center 
  1. Number: 800-SUICIDE 
  1. http://www.hopeline.com/  
  1. Hopeline: Speak to a trained volunteer 
  1. Number: 800-442-HOPE (4673) 
  1. http://www.hopeline.com/  
  1. Hopeline: Teen to teen peer counseling 
  1. Number: 877-YOUTHLINE 
  1. http://www.hopeline.com/  

Mental Health Hotlines 

  1. Mental Health America: Refer to local mental health services or support programs 
  1. Number: 800-969-NMHA (6642) 
  1. http://www.mentalhealthameria.net/  
  1. National Alliance on Mental Illness: Support, information, and referrals 
  1. Number: 800-950-NAMI (6264) 
  1. http://www.nami.org/  
  1. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 
  1. Number: 800-826-3632 
  1. http://dbsalliance.org/  
  1. Boys Town National Hotline Support for young people and families going through difficulties 
  1. Number: 800-448-3000  
  1. http://boystown.org/hotline  
  1. National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 
  1. Number: 802-296-6300 
  1. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/  

LGBTQ Support 

  1. The Trevor Support 
  1. Number: 866-488-7386 
  1. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/  
  1. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender National Hotline 
  1. Number: 888-8443-4564  
  1. https://www.glbthotlineorg/hotline.html  
  1. The GLBT National Youth Talkline 
  1. Number: 800-246-7743 
  1. https://www.glbthotline.org/talkline.html  
  1. Pride Institute (chemical dependency/mh referral and information hotline for LGBTQ community) 
  1. Number: 800-547-7433 
  1. https://pride-institute.com/  

Abuse 

  1. National Domestic Violence Hotline 
  1. Number: 800-799-SAFE (7233)  
  1. http://www.thehotline.org/  
  1. National Sexual Assault Hotline 
  1. Number: 800-656-HOPE (4673)  
  1. http://www.rainn.org/  
  1. Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline  
  1. Number: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453) 
  1. http://www.childhelp.org/  

Sexually Transmitted Infections 

  1. CDC National AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline: Information and referral 
  1. Number: 800-342-2437 
  1. http://www.cdc.gov/std/  
  1. American Social Health Association STD Hotline 
  1. Number: 800-227-8922 
  1. http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/  

Substance Use and Runaway 

Substance Abuse Support 

  1. National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline: Treatment referrals 
  1. Number: 800-662-HELP (4357) 
  1. http://www.addictioncareoptions.com/  
  1. National Clearinghouse Alcohol & Drug Abuse hotline 
  1. Number: 800-729-6686 
  1. http://www.samhsa.gov/  
  1. Al-anon and Ala-Teen: meeting information for teens and families 
  1. Number: 888-425-2666 / 888-4AL-ANON 
  1. http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/  

Runaway 

  1. National Runaway Safeline 
  1. 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929) 
  1. http://www.1800runaway.org/  

Eating Disorders and Crime/Anti-Hate 

Eating Disorders 

  1. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorder 
  1. Number: 847-831-3438 
  1. http://www.anad.org/  
  1. National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline: Support for people struggling with eating disorders and their family 
  1. Number: 800-931-2237 
  1. http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/  

Other 

  1. National Center for Victims of Crime 
  1. Number: 800-FYI-CALL (800-394-2255) 
  1. http://www.victimaofcrime.org/  
  1. Anti-Hate Line: Discrimination support and resource referral 
  1. Number: 800-649-0404