I do not- but I have a feeling that this is something a lot of other people who read this blog might know about. If you know of any depression or mental health Tumblrs, please reply to this post with their names! I’ll compile them and add them to my resources if there are any great ones.
Not everybody who is in a crisis or struggling with suicidal thoughts can bring themselves to pick up a phone, and 30% of people who call suicide prevention hotlines hang up as soon as they hear a human voice. If you’re in trouble, and you need chat, forum, or e-mail based support, please look at this list. You are not alone.
- IMAlive: An Online Crisis Network: IMAlive is an online suicide prevention hotline where you can chat live, one-on-one, with trained volunteers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- RAINN: the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: RAINN provides live, one-on-one chat with trained volunteers for victims of sexual violence, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their website also offers extensive, compassionate information that may help you to understand and come to terms with what has happened to you.
- The GLBT National Help Center: This organization offers live, one-on-one chat with trained volunteers for people struggling with GLBT issues. Their chat service is available from 4 PM to 12 AM EST Mondays through Fridays, and 12 PM to 5 PM EST on the weekends. This site is also a wonderful source of information, so if you are in pain because of, or confused by, something to do with your sexual orientation or gender identity, this site may offer you something that you need.
- Veterans Crisis Line: This organization provides special services for veterans, including live, one-on-one chat with trained counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether or not you are enrolled in Veterans Affairs health care. The Veterans Crisis Line is run by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Befrienders Worldwide: Befrienders offers e-mail based crisis support, organized by country, in many different languages. Befrienders is owned and organized by the Samaritans, a UK/Ireland-based humanitarian organization. Their site has compassionate information and first-hand stories relating to suicidal feelings and warning signs, depression, self-harm, and bullying.
- Suicide Forum: This is a peer-to-peer support forum for people in crisis. You must be a member in order to post, but membership is free, instant, and asks for no personal information. Every effort is taken to ensure that this is a positive, supportive, non-triggering environment, but the staff of Suicide Forum are not actually trained in suicide prevention. This forum is for meeting and talking to other people who share and understand your pain in a supportive, safe environment. Suicide Forum is not a substitute for professional help, so if you are currently in a state of crisis, please, try one of the other sites on this list first.
Many of these sites are looking to train new volunteers. I know so many of you want to help; an organization like IMAlive may be your best opportunity.
Please allow yourself to get help if you need it. Remember that your life has value.
As I’ve said before, the RAINN one on one chat saved my life when I couldn’t form actual words & speak them out loud. Spreading the knowledge….
Healthline has run an article about Bipolar Disorder and Sexual Health. The writer, Kelly Connell, makes the point that these issues are tough and often overlooked and yet I think they are so relevant to learn about and include within bipolar self-management. An excerpt from the article follows (link to the full article below).
Sexuality & Mania
Hyper-sexuality [with high mood] is an increased level of interest in sex or increased amount of sexual activity that can seem out of control. It is characterized by:
• never feeling sexually satisfied despite engaging in a lot of sexual activity
• sex drive that seems out of control
• not having sexual gratification…
• excessive masturbation
• having continuous affairs and putting relationships at risk
• inappropriate and risky sexual behavior
• sex is used as a “painkiller” to avoid intimacy and other aspects of human relations that are feared
• not having emotional satisfaction from sex
• poor sexual impulse control
• preoccupation with sexual thoughts
• possible increase in use of pornography
Sexuality & Depression
…It is not uncommon for the person to experience low or diminished sex drive or hypo-sexuality. Hypo-sexuality and depression can be interrelated and for patients who are experiencing them, it can seem like and endless cycle…
Low sex drive can also be a result of side effects of medication taken to treat the bipolar disorder. This can cause some patients to stop taking their medication, which can send them into either a manic or depressive episode. Further, the depression that accompanies bipolar disorder can also contribute to sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction in men.
What You Can Do
Become educated…Patients and their partners need to insist that their health care provider address sexuality issues in a proactive manner and also be assertive about educating themselves as well.
Pay attention to symptoms and triggers. Helping to determine when extreme moods—either manic or depressive—are going to occur can alert patients and partners to watch for signs of hyper or hypo-sexuality.
Be aware of medication side effects. Discuss possible alternatives that may not have sexual side effects…
Be aware of sexual health issues. Protecting oneself and partners against unplanned pregnancy, STDs, and HIV is absolutely necessary…
Talk about it. Bipolar patients and their partners must communicate with each other about the realities of the disorder and how it may impact their relationship…
Seek professional help. It may be beneficial to utilize therapy along with medical treatment to help work through tough issues for both patients and partners…
The truth is, sexuality issues and sexual behavior can be some of the hardest aspects of bipolar disorder to treat…Getting bipolar disorder under control is the first step at reclaiming a healthy sex life. When someone is stable with their moods addressing underlying issues is easier…If the bipolar disorder is stable, their sexuality issues should hopefully become stable as well. There are many people with bipolar disorder who are able to have healthy relationships and satisfying sex lives.
Excerpt from Healthline article written by Kelly Connell, PhD