Episode 12: Mental Health and Spiritual Gifts

Published August 12, 2015 by The Forest's Edge

Mental Illness

Episode 12: Hear here!

In this episode, Betwixt and Between discuss mental illness, mental health, whether Witches and Pagans are “crazy,” and, perhaps most vehemently of all, when and how we should reach out to people we think might need help. Drawing on their backgrounds of both personal and professional experience, they try to unpack the anxieties many may feel about seeking help for mental health problems, and offer suggestions for seeking resources.

If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, a more severe diagnosis like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, or is in an abusive situation, PLEASE reach out for help, and keep reaching out to different resources until someone listens. You are not alone, and there is hope out there for you.

Purely for informational purposes: The Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis website

Guide to developing a resources list for your area

Items you’ll definitely want to include:

-Any community mental health clinics

-the number for your local Department of Children’s Services

-the number(s) for any organizations established to aid victims of sexual assault or abuse

-the number(s) for any organizations or shelters for people dealing with domestic abuse, starting with a local YWCA

-the number(s) for any local crisis hotlines or walk-in crisis centers (always take someone to the ER if you don’t have one of these in your area)

-the local suicide hotline number

-information such as numbers and websites for resources to help those without insurance

Here are some things you might find helpful in that regard:

State medicare contact number

Local health department apt to have low cost healthcare resources
http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help
https://ncadd.org/affiliate-network/find-an-affiliate

And on an unrelated note, here is Between’s favorite part of her kitchen renovation–new wee altar to the Hearth Goddess.

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4 comments on “Episode 12: Mental Health and Spiritual Gifts

  • I loved this. Great resources (prompted me to check out my own area) and interesting points. I really enjoy the extra long episodes too, thanks!

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