Yesterday Robin Williams, an award-winning actor and comedian, died at age 63. News outlets are reporting that authorities believe Williams took his own life. As fans across the nation take a moment to mourn Williams’ passing and fondly remember his talent and the many laughs he provided in his comedic roles, it’s important to also take note of the resources available for help if you or someone you know is contemplating self-harm or suicide, or are struggling with depression, substance abuse, or other mental health issues.
Remember, you are not alone if you suffer from any of these issues. Help is available right at your fingertips—all it takes is just one call. Below are several trusted resources you can turn to if you or someone you care about needs help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about suicide, you can call the Lifeline. People have called the Lifeline for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.
How to connect:
Visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (chat online here)
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a toll-free hotline, online chat, or text to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
How to connect:
Visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ (chat online here)
Call 1-800-273-8255, then press 1 to speak to someone right away
Send a text message to 838255
Your Employee Assistance Program
Through your workplace, you may have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as part of your employee benefits package. If you do, you can call your EAP program for help with a variety of issues, including depression, substance abuse, and more. Your EAP program can help in a time of personal crisis. Depending on the particular EAP you have access to, you may be able to access telephonic counseling or receive a referral for in-person counseling.
Visit your company intranet or benefits portal, or ask your human resources or benefits department representative, if you have access to an Employee Assistance Program. If you do, program the number into your cell phone so that you always have it handy in case you need it.
Websites for help:
- Visit MentalHealth.gov for information about eating disorders, coping with trauma, depression, and more.
- Turn to StopBullying.gov for information and resources to prevent or handle bullying.
- Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website for help and resources concerning substance abuse and other mental/behavioral health concerns.
For Health Advocate Members
If you are a Health Advocate member with access to our EAP+Work/Life Program, you have 24/7 access to a Licensed Professional Counselor for confidential help with personal, family, and work problems. You also have access to a work/life specialist who can help you find a wide range of support resources to help balance your work and life.
Your Licensed Professional Counselor can help address:
- Stress, depression, anxiety
- Marital relationships, family/parenting issues
- Work conflicts
- Anger, grief and loss
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- And more!
Additionally, you may be referred to the appropriate professional for in-depth, long-term help if needed. For more details on your EAP+Work/Life Program benefits, log on to your Health Advocate website: HealthAdvocate.com/members.