My name is Elizabeth. I’m currently a student at the University of Kentucky and I’m studying Gender Women’s Studies and Spanish. I am a Latina, born in Lima, Peru and raised in Kentucky, USA. I’m very proud of my heritage. I have a good life, a good family, and good friends. I have dreams and goals. However, that does not mean that I do not know hardship.
About four years ago, I was diagnosed with severe General Anxiety Disorder. This mental disorder has turned my life upside down. A little before this diagnosis, I was diagnosed with Chronic Migraine. For that past four years, I have severely struggled to stay at a basic functional level. My anxiety makes it very hard for me to walk out my own door. It makes it hard for me to do presentations in class and talk with new people. It has become very difficult to leave town to go visit family, for fear of being stuck and having a breakdown in front of people who do not know what goes on in my head. The migraines, for a little over three years, dictated my life side-by-side with the anxiety. I was in constant pain. It got to a point where I was taking 5 Excedrin Migraine each morning and got no relief.
Along with these two diagnoses, I have started to show symptoms of PTSD and Depression. As of today, these are still unconfirmed. However, there are quite a few things I avidly avoid doing because of what these activities trigger.
For as long as I have been able to form my own thoughts, I have been a feminist – a social activist – even if I didn’t realize it. Over time, I realized that what I was passionate about affected me too. Once I hit college, I definitely knew that I wanted to help people, protect people. I wanted to do what I could do what’s right and to make the world a better place for those who are less fortunate.
My purpose for making this blog is to educate and inform those who are unfamiliar with the struggles of others, feminist issues, and mental illness. My purpose for making this blog is support and encourage those who fall into the minority groups; to support and encourage those who struggle with invisible disabilities, specifically mental illness, and to make sure they know they are loved.
Sometime in the future, I want to run a nonprofit company that addresses exactly these issues. However, until I am able to do that, I will be doing what I can here on this blog. I will fight the current social justices one issue at a time, one key at a time until I can do more.
This blog isn’t just for me. It is for those who are forgotten. It is for those who feel alone. I may be just one college student in a town you aren’t familiar with, but I am here for you, reader, and I love you.
- Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (2433) – Can use in US, U.K., Canada and Singapore
- Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-999-9999
- National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK (8245)
- National Adolescent Suicide Helpline: 1-800-621-4000
- Postpartum Depression: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
- NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group: 1-800-826-3632
- Veterans: 1-877-VET2VET
- Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis: 1-800-233-4357
- Suicide & Depression Crisis Line – Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999
- Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide: (UK only) 0844-561-6855
- Beyondblue info line: (Australia only) 1300-22-4636
- 24/7 Crisis Line:(Canada only) 905-522-1477
- Lifeline Australia: 13-11-14
- Teléfono de la Esperanza (Spain only) 902 500 002 / 91 459 00 50
- National Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-422-4453
- National Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD): 1-800-787-32324
- Center for the Prevention of School Violence: 1-800-299-6504
- Child Abuse Helpline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
- Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-548-2722
- Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse): 1-800-477-4111
- Child Abuse Hotline Support & Information: 1-800-792-5200
- Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline: (UK Only) 0345 023 468
- Sexual Abuse Centre: (UK Only) 0117 935 1707
- Sexual Assault Support (24/7, English & Spanish): 1-800-223-5001
- Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish: 1-800-992-2600
- Relationships Australia: 1300-364-277
Alcohol & Drug Abuse:
- National Association for Children of Alcoholics: 1-888-55-4COAS (1-888-554-2627)
- National Drug Abuse: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Al-Anon/Alateen Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker): 1-800-344-2666
- Alcohol/Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Be Sober Hotline: 1-800-BE-SOBER (1-800-237-6237)
- Cocaine Help Line: 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)
- 24 Hour Cocaine Support Line: 1-800-992-9239
- Ecstasy Addiction: 1-800-468-6933
- Marijuana Anonymous: 1-800-766-6779
Youth & Teen Hotlines:
- National Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663
- Youth America Hotline: 1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)
- Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens): 1-800-999-9999
- Boys Town National: 1-800-448-3000
- Teen Helpline: 1-800-400-0900
- TeenLine: 1-800-522-8336
- Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-448-4663 or 1-800-422-0009
- Runaway Support (All Calls are Confidential): 800-231-694
- National Runaway Hotline: (US only) 1800-231-6946
- Child Helpline: (UK Only) 0800-111
- Kids Helpline: (Australia) 1800-55-1800
- Youth to Youth: (UK only) 020-8896-3675
- Kids Help Phone Canada: 1800-688-6868
- National Youth Crisis Hotline:(US only) 800-442-442-4673
- Pregnancy Support: 1-800-4-OPTIONS (1-800-467-8466)
- Pregnancy National Helpline: 1-800-356-5761
- Young Pregnant Support: 1-800 550-4900
Gay and Lesbian Hotlines:
- The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems): 1-800-850-8078
- Gay & Lesbian National Support: 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line: 1-800-850-8078
- Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: (UK Only) 0121 622 6589
- Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – Scotland: (Scotland Only) 0131 556 4049
- Self-Injury Support: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) (www.selfinjury.com)
- Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: 1-800-931-2237 (Hours: 8am-noon daily, PST)
- Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
- Help Finding a Therapist: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
- Panic Disorder Information and Support: 1-800-64-PANIC (1-800-647-2642)
- TalkZone (Peer Counselors): 1-800-475-TALK (1-800-475-2855)
- Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
- Parent Help Line (Australia only): 1300-364-100
- National AIDS Helpline: (UK Only) 0800 567 123
- Mensline Australia: 1300-789-978
- Beat – ED hotline: Helpline 0345 634 1414 Youthline 0345 634 7650 (UK only)
TransLifeline provides toll-free help for transgender and non-binarily gendered people at: 877-565-8860
Sex abuse and assault survivors can connect to the Rape and Incest survivors’ National Network (RAINN) at 800-656-HOPE or at Rainn.org.
People who have anxiety or struggle with talking on the phone can use a text-based app called ImAlive.org to check in with mental health experts and receive help via text message.
If you are in a hostile work environment, you can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at 1-800-669-4000 or visit their web page.
PsychologyToday.com has a portal where web users can enter their zip code or city name and get connected to counselors and therapists in their area.