Mental Health & Addiction Resources
Mental health issues and addiction are not uncommon and you are not alone.
Many of us struggle with some sort of mental health issue at some point in our lives. Some of us at Rockriver have personal experience with anxiety, depression, and addiction. It is not uncommon and does not deserve to be stigmatized.
People who suffer from mental illness or mental health issues are not weak, broken, or abnormal. They are your neighbors, your brothers, your sisters, your friends, your parents, or even you. Many times these issues go unnoticed, untreated, or are hidden away and we aim to stop that.
If you are struggling with mental health issues please remember that you are not alone and you are awesome. There is help available. We know it can be hard to ask for, or seek out, help but you are worth it and deserve to be happy.
Below are a few websites and phone numbers that can help you in a time of need, or to find help for someone who is.
Mental health America is an invaluable resource, full of information and assistance for anyone seeking information on mental health issues.
Mentalhealth.gov is a governmant resource for all things relating to mental health. They have information on nearly every form of mental issue and how to find help.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. We have donate to, and partnered with them in the past. Their work is vital to what we do.
SAMHSA is a program, funded by the US department of Health and Human Services and they have a list of behavioral and addiction related facilities and specialists. If you want to find an in person location that can help soon, this is the place to look.
23.5 million Americans are Struggling With Addiction.
If you are struggling with addiction you are not alone, and there is help out there.
1 in 10 Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. If you are not struggling personally, you know someone who is. You just might not know about it, or who it is. Only 11% of those who are struggling receive treatment. This is largely caused by the stigma that surrounds addiction. And that needs to end. We need to stand together to help those who need it. If you need help please remember that there are resources available and seeking help does not make you weak, or any less of a person. It makes you stronger.
Below is a list of resources to help you, or someone you know, that is struggling with addiction.
Helpguide.org is an organisation full of resources to help with mental health and addiction related issues. Their goal is "to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life and start feeling better."
Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA has been around for years and has helped thousands of people with recovery. They have support groups and recovery centers across america.
The 12 Step Program has grown to be the most widely used approach in dealing not only with recovery from alcoholism, but also from drug abuse and various other addictive behaviors.
Narcotics Anonymous is similar to AA. NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. They are a support system for recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
MD.Com has a curated list of addiction specialists and physicians. This option has been proven to help when combined with a traditional support system, or inpatient approach.
We hope that this helps and that you find help, if you need it. You are fucking awesome and you deserve to be happy, healthy, and thriving.
Why this is so important to us: Branden, the founder of Rockriver, has lost loved ones and family member to suicide and addiction. It is his personal, and our, mission to prevent that from happening to others. Thank you for helping us in this cause. We wouldn't be able to do it without you.