Mental Health Resources

I feel like this should be obvious, but I would be derelict in duty if I went without saying that while sewing can be therapeutic, it is not a replacement for real mental health treatment. Sewing is not my therapy. Therapy is my therapy.

Here are some resources if you are seeking help for a mental illness, or just want to understand it better. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

Crisis Hotlines

Therapist Directories

Books

Fiction

  • “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sanchez – A coming-of-age-tale of a Mexican-American teenager in Chicago. I felt so seen reading this book. (CW for mentions of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.)

Resource

Podcasts

Other resources

  • Make It OK – Sometimes your family means well but say the wrong things. This is a great website with resources on how to talk to loved ones who may be suffering from a mental illness or coming to terms with your own diagnoses.
  • Crisis Plan worksheet from Mental Health Minnesota – This will help you create a crisis plan in order to help loved ones navigate what to do if you’re in a mental health emergency. (Someone on Tumblr recommended to laminate this.)
  • Navigating a Mental Health Crisis – a resource guide by NAMI on what to do in a mental health emergency.