Several years ago, when Lucy was first beginning to struggle with her mental health, it was a confusing time for all of us. We didn't know who to talk to or where to get help or how to talk about it or even if we should talk about it. Since then, we have learned of the various resources available to both sufferers and their families, both local and national. We have found support from friends and family as well as the online community. The most important thing we have learned is to not be afraid.
Be brave, get help and talk about it.
Here's a list of some of our favorite websites:
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) www.nami.org
NAMI NJ (NAMI of New Jersey) https://www.naminj.org
The Mighty https://themighty.com
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline https://988lifeline.org/
Please note that we at Buttercup and Joy are not mental health providers or educators. We're just people who have lived experience and want to help promote mental health awareness.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life threatening crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support.