Mental Health Resources

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Hello from everyone at Bungie,

We want to share a message with everyone who’s experiencing a mental health issue: it’s okay to not be okay. You aren’t alone. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, which is why we have gathered the below mental health resources together with help from Guardians Mental Health.

If you know of someone who is struggling with their mental health, you can use Bungie.net/MentalHealth to share these resources with them.

Our intention is to destigmatize mental health issues by providing and updating these resources over time. This is not a complete project, but we wanted to share it now with the hope that these resources will help someone who needs them.

You are not alone.

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Suicide Prevention

Everyone's life is precious, and suicidal thoughts are serious issues to be handled by qualified and licensed mental health professionals.

Please seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), chatting with them here, or texting HOME to 741741

If you have seriously harmed or injured yourself or feel that you may be about to harm yourself, please call:

Below are other crisis prevention resources for more countries and people:

Learn the Signs

Helping others is one of the most important things we can do as individuals. If you can recognize when someone is going through a rough time in their life, you may be able to help them, even if it’s just to show that you care and are there for them to lean on.

Here are some common signs that someone may need help dealing with emotional issues or a mental health problem:

  • Depression or apathy that interferes with their obligations or them participating in social activities
  • Lack of coping skills around day-to-day problems or extreme reactions to certain situations
  • Extreme highs, referred to as a manic episode, that may include inflated sense of self, flights of ideas, bursts of energy, more talkative than usual, decrease need for sleep, excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for painful consequences (like excessive spending or physically risky behavior)
  • Severe anxiety or stress
  • Constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

What You Can Do

Be a friend. That means you should be supportive and encourage them to reach out to their family, loved ones, and/or medical professionals. Remember, you aren’t their therapist and can’t provide treatment, but you can be a support system and someone they can rely on.

Being a friend also means making the hard choices. You may need to call emergency services or a family member on behalf of your loved one. While these decisions are tough and uncomfortable, it's important that we look out for our friends and make sure they are safe.

Taking on the burden of being someone’s support system when they’re going through emotional distress can be extremely stressful and draining, so remember to recognize your own limits and take care of yourself, too.

Here are some things you can do to offer support:

      1. Encourage them to seek treatment
      2. Offer to accompany them to appointments
      3. Plan enjoyable activities together
      4. Exercise together
      5. Encourage them to socialize with others

 

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Self-Harm

Self-harm can manifest differently for everyone. And, the ways people may self-harm extend far beyond the usual references to cutting in media. Simply, self-harm is anything and everything someone can do to purposely hurt their body.

Please seek help and intervention by texting HELLO to 471741 or call the Self Harm Hotline at 1-877-455-0628.

If you have seriously harmed or injured yourself or feel that you may be about to harm yourself, please call:

 

Managing Self-harm

It's okay to not be okay. Your emotions are real and you have to find ways to cope with them and process what is going on in your life. If you feel the urge to self-harm, here are some alternatives to try to help process and assist with those emotions:

      1. Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a real human
      2. Try and channel that energy into something creative - Art, Writing, and Listening/Playing Music are great examples.
      3. Try taking a few deep breaths and some grounding skills to help minimize the urge.
      4. Download a few meditation apps to help reduce stress.
      5. Talk to a professional.

 

Learn the Signs of Self-Injury

Most Common Types Warning Signs
  • Cutting
  • Scratching
  • Burning
  • Carving into skin
  • Hitting or punching oneself or using other body parts against another surface
  • Piercing the skin
  • Pulling hair
  • Picking at wounds

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Anxiety

Anxiety disorders involve more than a temporary worry or fear. They are actual physical reactions that can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.

Those experiencing anxiety may experience some of the following symptoms:

      1. Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
      2. Being easily fatigued
      3. Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
      4. Irritability
      5. Muscle tension
      6. Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
      7. Excessive anxiety and worry that you find difficult to control.

If you are experiencing anxiety and need to speak to someone, text HELLO to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling.

 

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Bullying and Cyberbullying

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. Bullying isn't acceptable and shouldn't be tolerated. If you're being bullied, it's NOT your fault.

If you're being bullied, please seek help by texting HELLO to 741741, contact the STOMP Out Bullying HelpChat Line, or call 1-800-273-8255 or 1-201-463-8663.

If you have seriously harmed or injured yourself or feel that you may be about to harm yourself, please call:

Below are other crisis prevention resources:

 

Additionally, those being bullied can do the following to try and protect themselves:
      • Walk away if you can
      • Tell someone you trust exactly what is happening
      • If this is at school, contact a teacher, school counselor, your principal, your superintendent, and even the State Department if nothing has changed
      • Try to avoid the bully when you are alone
      • Block them on all social media and any other means where they can contact you
      • If they've already contacted you, don't read or respond to their messages, then block them
      • Be brave by not reacting to them
      • Don't be afraid to ask for help from those you trust
      • Keep a record of the bullying to provide proof of how bad it is, including any messages they have sent you online
      • Don't ever share your name, age, address, or contact information with ANYONE online
      • Always log out of your online accounts and never share your passwords with anyone

If you're being bullied, please seek help by texting HELLO to 741741, contacting the STOMP Out Bullying HelpChat Line, or calling 1-800-273-8255 or 1-201-463-8663.


What is Bullying and Cyberbullying?

Bullying is when someone repeatedly embarrasses, threatens, or hurts someone else’s feelings. Cyberbullying is bullying that can take place 24/7 year-round while being anonymous using electronics and over the internet, including cell phones, computers, tablets, social media, and other chat services.

 

How to Tell an Adult

If you're being bullied, you should tell an adult. You may feel scared and think that things won't change, but you won't be able to get help until you tell an adult. It might be hard to explain what's happening, so decide for yourself what you want to say and who you want to speak to. Sometimes it's more difficult to tell a parent than someone else about an issue you're facing.

People to Speak to "What to say?" Examples
  • Parent
  • Teacher or Principal
  • Coach
  • Family Member
  • Mentor
  • Counselor

Help for Parents

If your child is being bullied, they may not want to tell you out of shame or fear that things will get worse for them, or that they won't be believed or do anything about the situation. Provide a safe and supportive space for them, praise your child for doing the right things by telling you about it, and be prepared to listen without making judgments or being critical of what they were doing before getting bullied. They may not be ready to explain the situation yet, and that's okay - give them time and let them know you are there to help them. Once your child begins to tell their story, learn as much about the situation as possible. Be ready to advocate for your child and speak to the principal or someone in charge to help remedy the situation.

Make sure that your child knows:
        1. It is NOT their fault and they shouldn't blame themselves.
        2. You are there to help them.
        3. It's the role of an adult to advocate for their child, especially during times of bullying
        4. Bullying is never okay.
        5. No one deserves to be bullied.
        6. They deserve to be treated with respect.
        7. They have a right to feel safe.

Once you've gathered enough information, thank your child for having the courage to tell you.


What To Do

You should start by contacting the teacher and school counselor about the issue. Most schools have anti-bullying programs and policies. Set up meetings, request an immediate investigation into the situation, ask how the school is keeping your child safe, ask how is the school keeping your child's identity and privacy protected to prevent retaliation. Make sure to take notes, bring whomever you need to any of the meetings, and request that the investigation be kept confidential.

      1. If the school isn't adequately addressing the situation, contact the school superintendent, State Department of Education, and other organizations in charge of the school.
      2. If you have serious concerns about your child's safety, you may need to contact legal authorities and, if possible, transfer to another school.

Help your child learn how to react to bullying, such as:

      1. Speak up when bullying happens
      2. Try not to show emotion or lash out in front of the bully
      3. Tell a trusted adult

Seek help if your child talks about suicide or seems unusually upset. If you can't seek the help of a doctor or mental health professional, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), chatting with them here, or texting HOME to 741741

 

Signs of Bullying

Bullying is sometimes hard to spot, but there are some key warning signs to keep top of mind. Paying attention to the warning signs could help you support your friends and reach out for help when you need it.

Signs of Being Bullied Signs of Bullying Others
  • Injuries they can’t explain
  • Changes in eating and sleeping
  • Faking illness or claiming to feel sick
  • Headaches and stomachaches
  • Avoiding social situations, including those with people who were once their friends
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Self-harm or other dangerous behaviors
  • Losing possessions
  • Worsening academic performance

Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression) is a common but serious mental health condition. It causes severe symptoms that impact multiple aspects of daily functioning, such as how you feel, think, sleep, appetite, and motivation. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Those with depression may try to hide the fact that they’re depressed or they may not even realize they are.

If you are feeling depressed and need to speak to someone, text HELLO to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling.


Recognizing Depression

      1. Depressed mood most of the day nearly every day
      2. A loss of interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities
      3. Significant weight gain or weight loss when not dieting
      4. Sleeplessness or an overabundance of sleep nearly every day
      5. Making movements for no reason (such as tapping your shoes or pacing around a room) or noticing that movements, thoughts, and speech have slowed down.
      6. Fatigue or loss of energy
      7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt
      8. Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
      9. Recurrent thoughts of death

 

Getting Help

Here are other tips that may help you or a loved one during treatment for depression:

      1. Try to be active and exercise.
      2. Set realistically attainable goals for yourself.
      3. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative.
      4. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
      5. Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately.
      6. Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced, or changing jobs until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
      7. Continue to educate yourself about depression.

 

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