So, I am no super-foodie nor fancy-bag owner, and this post is not to recount the incredible lives lived by both Anthony Bourdain or Kate Spade (both being so respected in their fields). However, these two recent, tragic passings bring up reminders of how important mental health is.
Our organization recently held our first board meeting as a nonprofit. We voted in our official purpose statement quoted here:
To foster a diverse, participatory community, while providing nutritious meals, educational opportunities, creative outlets, and a safe space regardless of means
We take the "safe space" part of our mission statement very seriously. Not only does this mean having a physical building to come to when you have no where else to go, but it means we would like to be an avenue to find whatever you may need for basic survival and/or to feel safe. Too often mental health is not lumped in to the “basic needs for survival” category. We believe that should change.
Currently we do not yet have a space for our community to physically be or for people to come to. However, we are slowly building up a network of safe people with different passions and expertise to contact. Below we have found and listed a couple free access numbers to call or text:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text “home” to 741741
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Also, speaking now to mental health professionals, if you would like to offer your services as a resource for our organization, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading, and, finally, if you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties and you’re not sure where to look, please contact us or one of the numbers listed above. We’d be happy to help in any way we can.