My Story of Healing - Ashley Bendikson
In this story of healing vlog focused on domestic violence, I sit down with fellow SHERO and sister queen, Ashley Bendikson, to discuss her work to educate young women about domestic violence. She shares her story about her history of abuse, and how she overcome her past to help others avoid similar situations. We also discuss the emotional impacts that come with domestic violence. She's truly an inspiration!
To view our interview click the image above or follow this link: Ashley and Courtney's conversation.
Mental Health Resources If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, don’t suffer in silence! There are free and affordable resources to help you get through these times. Here are just a few options for you below:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255): Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential, toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network.
SAMSHA National Helpline (1-800-662-HELP (4357): provides 24/7 confidential assistance in finding local resources in mental health and substance abuse disorders):
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) offers peer-to-peer support groups in most locations. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences.
Some federal agencies offer resources for identifying practitioners and assistance in finding low-cost health services. These include:
Health Resources and Services Administration works to improve access to health care. The website has information on finding affordable healthcare, including health centers that offer care on a sliding fee scale.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has information on its website about benefits and eligibility for its programs and how to enroll.
Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offer resources to help answer questions about insurance coverage for mental health care.
Service members and Veterans have unique needs. https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/veterans provides for their specific needs.