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The hot topic among the staff this month has been our obligations to the users in regard to mental health. In the past we have been quick to identify possible situations where people may need help and it has been status quo to give them a few chances to right their ships and if they are still a problem and being a distraction to the plight they are removed from the fray. We have felt we are always acting in the best interest of the user base, but we never made much of an attempt to try to help these people as individuals and to be honest we just don't feel right about it almost like we let them down.

 

So if you suffer from any types of mental health such as (but not limited to); Anxiety, Bipolar, Mental/Physical Abuse, Dementia, Depression.

 

We are here to help in any way we can. The following are 24/7 Free Crisis Hotline Numbers if you know of other methods to obtain help please post below.

 

  • Veterans Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responderswith the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

 

  • Poison Control Centers - 1-800-222-1222

Poison centers are staffed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses and poison information providers who are toxicology specialists.

 

  • Drug Abuse Hotline - 1-877-586-4197

Drug addiction is a serious illness that affects people from all walks of life. Fortunately, help is available. Drug abuse hotlines are an excellent resource for many with questions about addiction and potential treatment.

More than 2.3 million individuals sought treatment for drug or alcohol addiction at a speciality treatment facility in 2016.1 Those living with addiction can recover and remain sober.

 

  • Alcohol Hotline - 1-844-244-3171

Alcohol hotlines and addiction helplines exist specifically to provide free help for alcohol addiction. While different organizations have different overall goals, the primary goal for each is to offer the help the caller is seeking. The focus of our 24-hour alcohol hotline is to better understand the specific situation you are faced with. We offer treatment programs such as detoxification and rehabilitation, but to suggest any course of action, the first step is understanding.

 

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

The staff at NAMI are well-trained to answer questions on a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety. Available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, this organization provides free information and referrals to treatment programs, support groups, and educational programs. NAMI also offers help for family members, information about jobs programs, and connections to legal representation in your area.

 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

If severe anxiety is causing you to experience suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call this free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline. Counselors can help you ease your anxiety and get to the clear headspace you need to seek help. There are separate hotline numbers for Spanish speakers: 1-888-628-9454; the hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889; and veterans: 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat with a crisis volunteer live on their website.

 

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

If you’re not in danger of harming yourself or others, but are ready to seek medical care for your anxiety, SAMHSA’s treatment locator service can help you find a mental health facility near your that specializes in anxiety. The service is available in both English and Spanish 24 hours a day and can also point you to support groups, substance abuse treatment programs, and community-based organizations.

 

  • Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

Anxiety in teenagers is becoming more common as they face the mounting pressures of schoolwork, college preparation, first jobs, social activities, and becoming an adult, on top of any issues they may face with their families at home. Both children and parents can call this hotline 24/7 for free crisis intervention services, plus information and referrals to valuable mental health resources. Email, text, and online chat-based services are also available.

 

  • Teen Line: 1-310-855-HOPE (4673) or 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336)

Another valuable resource for young adults facing anxiety, Teen Line offers teen-to-teen counseling services available between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. PST. Callers can talk to one of their peers about what they’re going through and learn strategies that have helped other young people just like them. The service is also available by texting “TEEN” to 839863, as well as via email and message boards.

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Thanks for this.  I'm a veteran of the Vietnam War, and have had some problems, in the past 50 years.  The wife states that sometimes, I call out for "Smitty", in my sleep.  He was my spotter from 1968 to May 8, 1969, when he was killed by artillery fire.  Great guy, always a smile, I looked forward to having a lifelong friendship with him.  But this is far from being a crisis, with me.

 

I have a nephew who fought as part of the 10th Mountain Division, in the savage Korengal Valley fighting, in Afghanistan.  He finally got some help, and for the first time since he came back, I saw him in shoes, instead of his boots, just recently.

 

Thanks for this, Fixer!  😁

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Thanks fixer, I'm ok and no danger to myself or anyone else unless someone threatens me, my family or my home and country. I have been on a spiritual path for over 20 years and I am grateful for who I am and where I am at and in fact I worked the last few years when I was in northern California as a violence intervention facilitator working with probation and parol as well as  court referred cases for the County of Marin I lived and loved my work and the change it made, unfortunately the tiny level of anxiety is pemanent insofar as meditation helps but doesn't cure anything and I have tried prescribed psychtropic antianxiety meds and that stuff is worse so I smoke weed, responsibly, Indica to be precise more CBD. no med card and I'm not helpless,lazy or whacked out and I don't drink or do anything other than asprine and that's rare. Thank you for the references but I love my life as it is and that is why I'm here. I will always be peaceful until someone threatens me, my family or my country. 

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This was an excellent post. I have suffered from depression since I was a teen and sought out help after I entered adulthood. That was a long time ago.  I use these numbers to help others.  These organizations are very good and work quickly to get the person the help needed.  Remember, these people are just sick not crazy and anyone can be saved.  A little understanding and compassion go a long way.

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I have concerns about this,.. " In other words, law enforcement is entitled to your records simply by asserting that you are a suspect or the victim of a crime. ".. and I belive some 'leftist, demorat' doctors will subvert the system and report you anyway. The government can get access to medical files through the USA Patriot Act. I sometimes talk to my church counselor, I think this is more secure.

I hate to say this, but be carefull of what you say.     Tanks, DAV**

https://www.aclu.org/other/faq-government-access-medical-records

https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/how-private-are-your-medical-records

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This has been a problem since the Patriot Act was renewed. Through Obama, they found this opening and off they went.  I don't think you have to worry when speaking to a church counselor. Those who see a doctor, like me, have a problem. The left will do anything to ban guns and confiscate. I have heard that those vets at the VA have a problem because many have PTSD problems. They could lose their guns. This is just wrong. Then there are the "red flag" laws being passed. Another unconstitutional law!

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20 hours ago, Claimbo said:

This has been a problem since the Patriot Act was renewed. Through Obama, they found this opening and off they went.  I don't think you have to worry when speaking to a church counselor. Those who see a doctor, like me, have a problem. The left will do anything to ban guns and confiscate. I have heard that those vets at the VA have a problem because many have PTSD problems. They could lose their guns. This is just wrong. Then there are the "red flag" laws being passed. Another unconstitutional law!

I would worry about even church counselors as most 501c3 churches has a trained peace officers known as clergy response teams trained by FEMA who adhere to the Laws and direction of the Federal Government to report "Radical" congregates such as those who believe the bible literally, conspiracy theorists, mental health candidates and gun owners as well as following directions to teach the bible to the congregation in the way the Federal Government feels it should be interpreted.

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2 hours ago, KillBird said:

I would worry about even church counselors as most 501c3 churches has a trained peace officers known as clergy response teams trained by FEMA who adhere to the Laws and direction of the Federal Government to report "Radical" congregates such as those who believe the bible literally, conspiracy theorists, mental health candidates and gun owners as well as following directions to teach the bible to the congregation in the way the Federal Government feels it should be interpreted.

One of the reasons I like to keep my relationship with God a personal one....  😉

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12 hours ago, KillBird said:

I would worry about even church counselors as most 501c3 churches has a trained peace officers known as clergy response teams trained by FEMA who adhere to the Laws and direction of the Federal Government to report "Radical" congregates such as those who believe the bible literally, conspiracy theorists, mental health candidates and gun owners as well as following directions to teach the bible to the congregation in the way the Federal Government feels it should be interpreted.

 

Unfortunately, this is all true.

 

My local church has two people who carry concealed, in church ... myself, and another man.  As a former police officer, I know what is required of me, but we've had no training from FEMA, nor would our church's pastor, deacons, and board permit such a thing.  We are walking a thin line, here, and if there is a deadly force incident, in our church, we know who the FEDs/Local authorities would come after.

 

This is Illinois, not Texas.  No matter how "right" we are in a decision at our church to use force, we will be seen as the enemy.  This is one reason, out of many, that the wife and I are going to move to southern Illinois, which is gun-friendly territory.

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I would suggest moving out of Illinois completely.  Like NY, the state is to far gone to be brought back.  I moved from NY to the south for this reason.  One of my pastors is a former policeman who got the calling and went back to school. He is also in charge of security for the church which has many locations. In my state, we are not allowed to carry in a church except with permission.  My pastors know I do carry and my sole mission is to protect them. I'm told there are a few others, ex and active police that have permission to carry. I can tell you this, there are a few of us who also carry and we don't care. Since the pastors know I carry and I practice every day and have taken self-defense classes out west, they know I am more than capable to protect them and the congregation if the need arises. I sit in a specific spot in case. We also post a policeman in the lobby. As far as the church goes, as long as they don't see the gun on me everything is ok. I would work security but those guys can't carry and I refuse to do that. As I say, better safe than sorry. We had an incident a year or so back with a guy with a sign in front of the church just before the start of service. I was directing traffic at the time. Unless you're a danger to the congregation or to yourself they won't say anything to anyone. At least not in my state which is very pro-gun. 

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Hello, Claimbo, and sorry for not answering you sooner.

 

We are moving, but we are moving to a gun-friendly area of southern Illinois.  In fact, it's in a cluster of 29 counties where law enforcement, including judges, DA's, State Police, Sheriffs, and local Police refuse to enforce the anti-gun laws passed by the Illinois Legislature.  There's also rumors that they are going to try and build on this, and create enough Red counties willing to join a secession movement.  I want to be part of that.

 

One of the main reasons why we don't move from Illinois is because my wife has medical conditions for which the treatment is extremely expensive, and it is covered by her insurance.  Finally, there aren't any members of the militia in that part of the State, and I would like to create one.

 

Thanks for your post, and God Bless you and yours!

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I do understand your situation and feel for you. I remember NY had talked with succession for some time but nothing ever came of it. I wish you and your wife well. I hope she feels better.

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2 hours ago, Claimbo said:

I do understand your situation and feel for you. I remember NY had talked with succession for some time but nothing ever came of it. I wish you and your wife well. I hope she feels better.

 

Thanks!

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On 2/8/2019 at 10:51 AM, Headhunter said:

Thanks for this.  I'm a veteran of the Vietnam War, and have had some problems, in the past 50 years.  The wife states that sometimes, I call out for "Smitty", in my sleep.  He was my spotter from 1968 to May 8, 1969, when he was killed by artillery fire.  Great guy, always a smile, I looked forward to having a lifelong friendship with him.  But this is far from being a crisis, with me.

 

I have a nephew who fought as part of the 10th Mountain Division, in the savage Korengal Valley fighting, in Afghanistan.  He finally got some help, and for the first time since he came back, I saw him in shoes, instead of his boots, just recently.

 

Thanks for this, Fixer!  😁

Glad the here BROTHER, HOOAH 

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I was just looking around and went across this thread. I was diagnosed to have severe depression 4 years ago and tried almost everything out there that "could" help. The only medication that worked best for me is medical cannabis. I perfectly understand that it's not legal everywhere. At first I was doubtful so I started doing my own research and read articles about marijuana. I found out that each marijuana strain has different uses for different diseases. Like this strain http://blimburnseeds.com/santa-muerte. This one is very effective when it comes to stress and anxiety.  Drop in and let me know what you think!

    

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This becomes a two edge sword. You can get a pistol permit with depression especially if your under treatment. But the use of pot will get you excluded. In some states the question is asked. So be careful how you answer the question. 

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