If You’re Depressed, Reach Out –

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Reach Out when you're depressed

Your call to action when depressed: Reach Out. It can save your life.

Tens of thousands of people perish in the US every year from suicide and despair related to substance and alcohol use. When substances don’t work anymore and people feel drug sick all the time, hopeless can take over.  It’s crucial to remember that  recovery is possible at any age and any stage of the disease.

Make a call for help and connect

 It’s hard to ask for help when you’re down. I wasn’t taught to ask for help, were you? Feeling alone, being alone, and unable to engage with others when things are at their worst are human feelings. They’re not just hallmarks of addiction. We all feel alone and lonely sometimes.

Even when we have the tools to reach out, sometimes we just can’t. When I feel the worst is when I need help the most. And it’s the time I really have trouble picking up the phone.

Why is reaching out and making that call so important?

When you’re lost in your own head, you’re actually lost. You could just as well be in the Gobi desert. Or on Mount Everest. In quicksand up to your ears. Up the creek without a paddle. Doesn’t matter where you are. You’re lost. When you’re lost on the road, GPS can help. 

When you’re lost in your head, only other people can help

Sometimes just the words, “I understand” can help you turn the corner. Sometimes you need perspective only someone else can give you. Sometimes you need a lot more help than that. If you’re really in trouble, a friend offering to take you to the movies is not enough, or a pull up your socks lecture from a family member could make things a lot worse.

Reach out to a professional

This is not the time to call someone who’s mad at you. An aunt who remembers what you did to your mother when you were ten, or the brother whose wedding you ruined with a tantrum, or the ex who harbors a grudge, or any of the people you think may have harmed you. And you may have a long list. These are not the people to call for sympathy, empathy or the path to feeling better.

Help can come from many sources

This is the time to rely on the kindness of genuine friends, people who accept you no matter what, or strangers in safe places. Help is most likely to come from people who won’t use your current misery as an opportunity to call you out or remind you of all the times you may have been a pain in the ass. 12 step fellowships and meeting provide those crucial connections for millions of people. For addiction recovery 12-step programs are often the first place to go.


Reach Out

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For Depression and risk of suicide. The numbers below are trusted sources of help.

Crisis Call Center

800- 273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

24 hours a day, seven days a week


National Suicide Hotline

800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

800-442-Hope (4673)

24 hours a day, seven days a week


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK 8255

24 hours a day, seven days a week


Thursdays Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline

800-USA-Kids (872-5437)

24 hours a day, seven days a week


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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass is the founder of Reach Out Recovery and the winner of the 2016 ASAM Media Award. Leslie is also the creator of Recovery Guidance, the information website for those seeking addiction and mental healthcare for professionals nationwide. Leslie is a journalist, director/producer of award-winning documentaries, and the author of 15 bestselling novels. Leslie has served as Chairman of the Board of Plays For Living, was a member of the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America. She has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, as a VP of The Asolo Theatre, and was a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation.


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