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Embrace | Overcome | Create Your Life 

  • Writer's pictureTerri K. Lankford, LPCS

Get Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Help

You Are Not Alone. This Is Not The End.

Please, if you feel you may harm yourself REACH OUT. There are people out there who care about your life.

US: 1-800-273-TALK

US LGBTQ Youth (the Trevor Project): 1-866-488-7386

US Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

Canada: 1-800-SUICIDE OR help lines and centers by province OR 911

International: Befrienders Worldwide

Australia: 13-11-14 (lifeline) or 1-800-55-1800 (kids help line for 5-25 yrs old)

Almost every country has a similar suicide prevention number. Just Google suicide help line and your country.

No matter who you are, no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. Believe me, this much I know is true. Your mental illness might try to make you believe that you are the only one, the craziest, the looniest, the nuttiest, most fucked up person in the world, but that is a lie. You are like thousands of others. Really. Truly.

You Need to get in front of a REAL LIVE PERSON

A Mental Health Professional.

The internet is a wonderful thing that gives everyone access to the entire world. This does not take the place of real people in this type of situation. You need an active support system you can reach out and touch.. You need friends, family, support groups, doctors, therapists, and anyone else you can get your hands on. It’s this support system that’s going to keep you safe when you feel like everything is going wrong.

People Who Can Help You With Your Mental Illness or Trauma

  • doctors

  • psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors

  • social workers

  • hospitals

  • university or school-affiliated programs

  • employee assistance programs

  • support groups

  • religious groups

Where to Find Help for Mental Illness in the US

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a great Mental Health Services Locator. It will give you services by zip code. Go. Use it. Now.

Psychology Today also provides a Find a Therapist or Psychiatrist feature based on your location as well.

NOTE: Rise & Thrive Counseling, PLLC & Terri Kiser Lankford (ME) are a part of the Psychology Today Network - Please reach out for assistance.

Many More Mental Illness Help Lines and Referral Resources

HealthyPlace also has a very extensive list of mental health hotline numbers and referral resources.

Don’t Give Up

There are people who love you and want to help you. There are resources that can help you get better.

No matter how alone you might feel, no matter how unfixable things may seem, you are not alone, and people can help. But no one can help you if you don’t reach out.

It gets better.


Welcome to Embrace | Overcome | Create Your Life.


I’m Terri Kiser Lankford, owner of the Rise & Thrive Counseling Practice, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (in NC), and the host here at Rise & Thrive Counseling, PLLC and the Embrace| Overcome|CreateYourLife Blog.


I’m also an entrepreneur, Syltherin, foodie on a fitness journey, complete book nerd, photography novice who happens to think music is life. 


Warning! This site is about motivation, health & wellness, and self love.  but its also about various mental health issues and may talk about subjects such as suicide, self-harm and other touchy subjects at some point. This site is not intended for youth and may be “too much” to some.


Nothing on this site should be considered a medical recommendation. I am not a doctor. Anything of interest should be discussed with your doctor or therapist, or me (in person) if you are my current client.  No guarantee of accuracy is expressed or implied. (Sorry, I have to say that.)


All writing and mental health information here are accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publication. However, keep in mind my opinion, and available information, changes over time.

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