Here are some additional resources in the area that may be beneficial over the extended spring break:
- Waukesha County Human Services – Crisis Intervention. During regular business hours, contact the outpatient clinic at (262) 548-7666 and ask to speak with a crisis worker. During non-business hours, contact Impact 2-1-1 via the Waukesha County hotline at (262) 547-3388 and ask to speak with a Waukesha County mental health crisis worker.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project Lifeline. The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention to LGBT youth and young adults. We are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386. You can also text START to 678678.
- Warmline, Inc. Warmline is a non-crisis, supportive listening phone line for people with mental illness. All our staff and volunteers are people with mental illness. Call us at 414-777-4729, we've been there. Open M/W/Sat/Sun 6:00PM-10:00PM.
- SAMHSA national helpline. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
- The Women’s Center 24/7 Hotline for sexual assault, domestic abuse, and family violence. Our confidential 24-Hour Hotline is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year and offers crisis intervention, safety planning, support, information, and referrals to survivors, their families, friends, other service providers, and the general public. Call 542.3828.
- COPE Hotline. 24/7 hotline for emotional support and crisis intervention. All calls confidential. 24 hours/7 days. Call 262-377-2673.
- Crisis Text Line. Text HOME to 741-741. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.
- NAMI Greater Milwaukee Helpline. The NAMI Helpline provides information and referrals for appropriate resource, support groups and advocacy services related to mental health. Call 414-344-0447; available Monday - Friday, 8:30Am - 5:00PM.
- Milwaukee County Crisis Line - Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Milwaukee County Crisis Services provides help to individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. We make it a goal to prevent hospitalization as much as possible, but part of our service includes emergency hospitalization if that is needed. The entry point for Crisis Services is our Crisis Line, which is answered 24/7/365 @ 414-257-7222.
- IMPACT: 211 Resources for Treatment. Call 211 to be assessed for residential treatment options, various assistance programs and housing.
Here are some online resources that could be beneficial right now.
As a disclaimer: we are not affiliated with any of these websites/programs and are not profiting off of these links, just providing them as helpful resources. None of the information below is a substitute for treatment from a mental health professional.
Helpful links for coping with the stress of COVID-19:
General information on anxiety and coping skills:
Psychoeducation on different mental health concerns:
Guided meditations and mindfulness:
Information sheets and workbooks for depression, anxiety, stress, worry, and many other struggles:
Accessing online support groups:
(all listed below have free versions, although many give the option to upgrade for additional services)
- MoodMission is an app that is intended to help people learn ways of coping with low moods and anxious feelings. It does this by suggesting “Missions” or activities, in response to a user responding to prompts about their low or anxious moods.
- Sanvello is an app for stress, anxiety, and depression based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and wellness. Comprised of quick activities alongside a supportive community, Sanvello is designed as a daily tool to help people address stress and anxiety at a gradual pace.
- Calm’s free offerings include basic mindfulness practices. These free meditations, about 25 in total, come in different lengths, from a quick 3-minute meditation to a half-hour sit.
- Headspace uses winsome animations to teach you the basics of mindfulness and meditation. The free version will grant you “The basics” package: 10 days’ worth of guided meditations (you can tailor the length of each session) and a bunch of “minis”, including a calming one-minute breathing exercise.
- Insight Timer
- Insight Timer is one of the most popular meditation timers. You set the amount of time you want to sit, then set optional starting bells and ending bells, as well as interval bells at the duration you choose. Insight Timer also has guided meditations to use, as well as a social aspect—you can see who else is meditating at the same time as you, and keep notes about your meditation if you want.
- The Breathing App
- The Breathing App focuses just on breathing and the physiological benefits you get from slowing your breath down -- increased pulmonary function, decreased stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and improved emotional balance, just to name a few -- all of which are beneficial for overall health and sleep patterns.