This Policy Pack, we dedicate the conversation to mental health, but we know that for many of us this is a conversation we have daily and a struggle we battle regularly. We know no single policy can “solve” a person’s mental health journey. Every one of us experiences mental health differently and for some the barriers to care are great. Mental health is not a luxury–it is a human right. It is a right we will work to protect in our communities, building spaces of care and support. It is a right we will work to protect in all of the rooms where decisions are made— from schools to prisons to doctors offices to the halls of Congress.
As you work through this Policy Pack, we hope you will take care of your own mental health in the process. There is nothing selfish about taking time to pause, breathe, and care for yourself. The content of this Policy Pack may be triggering or painful. It contains mentions of suicide, solitary confinement, substance abuse, sexual assault, and barriers to care.
If you or anyone you know needs support:
National Suicide Hotline: Can be reached at: 1-800-273-8255 The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project was created to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under the age of 25.
The TrevorLifeline can be reached at: 1-866-488-7386.
TrevorChat is an online chat system. Please note, there can be wait times and the TrevorLifeline is more immediate. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/#services
For TrevorText: Text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7.
Veterans Crisis Line: Can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline: Can be reached 24/7 at 800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org, y en español: rainn.org/es.