Writers With Mental Illness

Resources

Websites

  • One of the best mental health resources is finding a support group near you. The internet is great, but it cannot replace face-to-face connection.
  • Learning how to talk about your mental illness can be immensely helpful. Whether you’re a devout mental health advocate or someone who avoids the subject altogether, the subject is bound to come up. Knowing what to say and how to set boundaries can be so helpful.
  • Making money can be hard for anyone. Those of us with chronic mental illnesses know this better than most. Check out Anxious Lass’s post: How To Make Money When You Have A Chronic Illness
  • If you’re a writer with mental illness who is having trouble making ends meet (like many of us!), consider how vocational rehabilitation can help you. Vocational rehabilitation is one of the most valuable mental health resources to the mental illness community.
  • Find your local vocational rehabilitation center:

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  • If you’re a writer with mental illness in college, check out this list of disability scholarships.
  • Applying for disability is a confusing process that can take years. If you’re thinking about it, the first step is learning how to apply for disability
  • Many people forget that mental illness is, in fact, a disability. Disabled Writers is a resource for journalists with mental illness and other disabilities. Disabled Writers is “specifically designed to help editors connect with disabled people working in journalism, or trying to break into the field.”
  • Medication is one of the many ways writers with mental illness can lead a successful life. Many of us take medication, and it can get expensive. Use Goodrx to get discounted medication.
  • Most of us just want to loved and be loved in return. That can be hard when it feels like the world doesn’t understand us or want to deal with us. If you relate to this, consider checking out the dating site specifically for individuals with mental illness.
  • Understanding the “double stigma” of being in the LGBT+ community and the mental illness community can better help you deal with it.

Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or Chat

Crisis Text Line: Text “connect” to 741741

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Call 1-800-950-6264

Boys Town: 800-448-3000

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345
National Cancer Institute 1-800-422-6237

Elder Care Locator 1-800-677-1116
Well Spouse Foundation 1-800-838-0879

Rest Ministries 1-888-751-REST (7378)

Homeless 1-800-231-6946
American Family Housing 1-888-600-4357

Watchman Fellowship 1-817-277-0023

By Condition

Schizophrenia and Related Psychotic Disorders

Organizations:

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

Hearing Voices Network

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders

Schizophrenic.NYC

Students With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia.com

https://curesz.org/Curesz Foundation

Scholarships

Baer Reintegration Scholarship

Books, Movies, and Games

Hellblade – A video game raising awareness for psychosis by representing it accurately. This game triggered me, but it’s a good way to show others what psychosis is like, especially hearing voices.

The Center Cannot Hold By Elyn. R Saks

A Beautiful MInd

Ben Behind His Voices

Surviving Schizophrenia by E. Fuller Torrey (not all opinions are supported, but it has clear and valuable information)

*Some of these recommendations are affiliate products. This means I may get a few dollars at the absolute most (usually cents). This helps keep the blog afloat and afford the cost of the book service, website hosting, and security certificate so that any information shared on this website is safe! I only recommend products I enjoy myself.

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