Getting Help & Finding the Right Fit: Available Emotional and Mental Health Resources

February 27, 2024

Many resources are available for mental health care, but it is important to carefully research them, access them, and follow up with viable providers. Some providers are covered by insurance, so it is important to check your network. Regardless, there are mental health services for those with limited incomes on a sliding scale basis. Telehealth services and hotlines are also great resources. 

Some therapists adhere to one model, but most are trained in more than one approach. Finding “the right fit” with a provider is more important than the therapeutic approach, but it is helpful to inquire about their training background or intervention models. Alternatives to talk therapy are important for younger children and include art therapy, family therapy, and play therapy. Somatic Therapy, CBT, and DBT are great options for tweens, teens, and young adults.

Coping Resources:

Support System of Family and Friends

  • Having family and friends who you can rely on and talk to about your feelings will go a long way in helping you cope with a diagnosis.

Support Groups:

  • Joining a support group of people who have been through similar experiences as you can help you feel less alone. Find a support group through Global Advocacy Alliance.
  • Attend a Global Genes event or Global Advocacy Alliance member Event  Global Genes holds several international gatherings annually, and GAA members regularly host their own events. Find the latest events here

Mindfulness /Meditation/Yoga/Massage: 

  • Relaxation techniques can help with stress and depression.


  • Physical activity can help reduce stress and alleviate depression.  Consult with a doctor before starting any exercise program.

Practice Good Sleep Habits:

  •  It’s important to get enough sleep, and it helps to go to sleep and wake up on a consistent schedule.

Eat Nutritious Foods: 

  • Nutritious foods are important for physical and mental health. Our brains function best when they receive proper fuel. Contact your doctor or hospital social worker to arrange a consultation with a nutritionist.

Building Resilience: The 7 Cs

Building Resilience in Children

Hotlines – The numbers below are provided by “Psych Central,” an independent mental health online resource run by mental health professionals.

  • Suicide Lifeline:
    The Suicide Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in emotional distress and prevention and crisis resources for those in need.
  • Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741
  • TXT 4 HELP
    Text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357)   which allows you to text live with a mental health professional:
  • National Help Line for Substance Abuse
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline
    800.442.HOPE (4673)

This resource was adapted from materials developed by Global Genes partner, CureJM.

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