My story of healing – Austin Staton
I'm taking a new look at how the stories of healing should be done going forward. So, I am going to try to do video interviews with those willing to share their stories of overcoming, as a way to allow them to speak directly to you! I also think now is the time to come forward with more content more quickly, as over 34% of Americans showing signs of clinical anxiety and depression during the first.
In this first story of healing vlog, I sit down with Austin Staton to discuss how isolation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected him and how it's caused him to rethink his views on mental health overall. He shares what he's doing to work on his mental wellness and provides some tools to help others who may find themselves in the same situations.
To view our interview click the image above or follow this link: Austin 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.