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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 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.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Inspirational books that lift you out of depression

Feeling of emptiness, pessimism, sadness, loss of meaning in life… Today, depression is considered one of the most dangerous diseases, while more and more experts advise not only to run away from it, healing with potent drugs, but to act in a complex and get to the bottom of the true cause of its occurrence. According to experts, the only way to get rid of it forever. And here it is worth noting that sometimes, when the case has not yet been completely launched, in order to shake things up and start enjoying life again, a “magic kick” is needed. Books about the fight against depression, on the pages of which there are step-by-step instructions for getting out of stress, can become such a kick.

Below we have presented to your attention the best motivating books that will simply make you look at the situation from a different angle and start acting right now.

“I want and I will: Accept yourself, love life and become happy”, Mikhail Labkovsky

One of the most brilliant books on psychology, on the pages of which the author tries to convey to the reader that the main secret of happiness is the absence of any secrets.

The methodology proposed by Mikhail Labkovsky seems radical to many, because he does not ask leading questions, but gives clear advice and attitudes, and also authoritatively states that the main healthy psyche is a person's love for himself.

The book “I want and I will” is a recipe for a healthy attitude not only to yourself, but also to the people around you. On its pages, the psychologist considers three main issues that concern each of us. The author devoted the first section to the Personality of a person. Here he talks about how important it is to be able to hear yourself and negotiate with yourself. He also teaches to distinguish obsession from interests, get rid of the former and put the latter in the first place.

The second chapter is devoted to relationships, and here Labkovsky, unlike many psychologists, authoritatively states that no relationship can be improved with the help of psychology, because if the relationship is bad, they should end as soon as possible, and not try to save. The author says that relationships are compromises, but only when there is mutual understanding and support for each other. When there is physical violence in a relationship or only one loves in a couple, such relationships should be ended. And Labkovsky will tell you how to do it less painfully for yourself.

The third chapter is devoted to child psychology. Here the author also clearly explains how to raise your children to be independent, successful and happy people. The author teaches to listen to his children, accept their views and hobbies, and change with them.

In other words, this book is really for those who are ready for change.

"Lykke. In search of the secrets of the happiest people, Mike Viking

The book fully lives up to its name, because it will not only bring happiness into your life, but also introduce you to the various ways in which you can attract it.

This article provides simple and accessible advice. It could be burning candles, a romantic dinner, or watching a movie together. On examples of real people, the author shows how to find your way to happiness. At the same time, it cannot be said that after reading “Lykke” everything in your life will immediately become joyful, however, you will involuntarily begin to look for ways out of problematic and stressful situations, and most importantly, you will enjoy any little things.

On the pages of the book you will find many vivid drawings and photographs, which in themselves not only inspire thoughts of relaxation and joy, but also make you take action and strive to have as many happy moments as possible in your life.

"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: The Paradoxical Way to Live Happily" by Mark Manson

The book attracts attention with an unusual title, while the author clearly explains that in order to achieve that same indifference yourself, you need to work a little on yourself.

Mark Manson literally lays out the concepts of guilt and responsibility, and also reveals in detail the topic of accepting negative events, problems in life and setting the right goals. The author tries to explain that even if someone else is to blame for your misfortunes, it is up to you to decide how you will perceive this situation and what consequences it will bring to your life.

It is worth reading this book with a pencil in your hand, so you can write down short abstracts and reread them periodically so that you always live happily. This book is definitely worth reading for those who want to learn how to adequately perceive our ambiguous world.

"Book about depression", Sasha Skochilenko

Despite the fact that the book has a small format, it can become a ray of light for you even in the most critical situations. Using the example of the main character suffering from depression, the author talks about complex things in simple language.

The book will tell you in an accessible language about what depression is, that any person can get sick with this disease, regardless of gender and age. Moreover, from this work you will learn how people with depression feel, what are the main symptoms of this disease and how to recover from it. And this book is also a great helper for those who communicate with patients with depression, because the author explains how to behave with such people, what you can say to them, what you should never do, and how to show support so as not to harm.

“The pastor is depressed. How to fix anxiety and make life happy, Alex Korb

The author of this nonfiction book on depression is a neuroscientist, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California. That is why, there are no banal tips on how to deal with anxiety and depression, but there are scientifically based facts on how to deal with one of the worst ailments of the 21st century.

For your convenience, the book is divided into two parts. The first collects many scientific terms and provides explanations about which part of the brain is responsible for what. The second part of the book is more practical. It provides practical examples of how to change a person's lifestyle so that he can get rid of depression and anxiety.

It is worth noting that despite the fact that the book has a lot of terms, it is quite easy to understand and gives many understandable methods on how to improve your well-being.

If you are looking for books that bring you out of depression, then you should definitely pay attention to the selection presented. These inspiring books will help you not only cope with despondency and depressive mood, but also teach you how to properly communicate with loved ones suffering from this ailment.

Author: Svetlana Varuk

How to find inspiration in work and life when nothing pleases: advice from a psychologist

The year has just begun and you don't feel like doing anything anymore? Have you lost interest in work and life in general, do you constantly feel tired? These are the first signs of apathy that can lead to depression if ignored. How to cope with spring sadness, - says Victoria Sycheva, a psychologist at the Altufievo social rehabilitation center.

Where does apathy come from?

Various life hardships can lead to a state of apathy: divorce, separation and parting with loved ones, death of relatives, illness, difficulties in personal relationships and professional activities, feelings of guilt and condemnation of others.

“All this depletes the internal resources of any person and weakens his psychological defense. Similar crises can also occur during adolescence. During this period, there is an active reassessment of values, worldview and worldview. A teenager loses the desire to study, work, take care of himself, live in the interests of his family. Under such pressure, the resources of the body often run out and the person gives up. He has a strong feeling that he is incapable of anything, useless, not understood, alone. Deep disappointment and loss of the meaning of life sets in," - says Victoria Sycheva.

Seven steps on how to get out of apathy

A psychologist from a social rehabilitation center reminds us that under any circumstances there is always a way out, even if at the moment it seems that the situation is hopeless.

  1. Start taking care of yourself.
    When you look in the mirror, cheer yourself up with kind words. Reward yourself even for small achievements, and try not to blame yourself for all the failures.
  2. It is very important to maintain a balance between work and leisure.
    Consider your own basic needs. Walk more often. Bring variety to life, change the environment, places for walking.
  3. Focus on pleasure.
    Do more of the things you enjoy, such as your favorite hobbies, sports, socializing with friends. And get less involved in activities that cause you pain or discomfort.
  4. Do not abuse drugs that affect the psyche.
    Alcohol, drugs, sedatives will only aggravate your condition and may adversely affect your health in general.
  5. Monitor your health.
    Do not forget about the physical and inner, psychological state. Make up your image of mental health and try to feel it with your whole body and soul. Imagine that you are already out of the crisis. How are you feeling? What do you want to do? Live this state every day.
  6. Stay clear of other people.
    Don't be afraid to ask for help and offer your help. Try to meet with relatives and friends more often, spend more time with them.
  7. Call the professionals.
    If you cannot improve your mood on your own, you can turn to a competent psychologist.

Recommendations for relatives

If your loved one is in an apathetic state, then try to be more attentive to him: show care, show empathy, spend leisure time together.