Everyone needs help sometimes. It may seem overwhelming, and you don’t know where to start. Here are some resources to seek immediate help.
I Need Help
If you are in a medical emergency, please dial 911 to reach help.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
If you are someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, please call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I want to talk to someone from the Tribe
Centered Spirit trained staff is available if you need to talk to someone that is affiliated with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. They have crisis lines available in both Tucson and Guadalupe.
Centered Spirit is also available for therapeutic services such as individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Contact 520-879-6060 for more information or visit their website: Centered Spirit – Pascua Yaqui Tribe (pascuayaqui-nsn.gov)
My Loved One Needs Help and May Not Want Help
Seeing behavioral changes in your loved ones may be worrisome and you may not know what to do next. Here are some tips to reach out and help you loved one.
Remain calm and talk to your loved one
Try not to jump to conclusions. Express that you are worried about them and that you are there to help.
Listen to your loved one without shame or judgement
It may be more difficult for your family member to open up. Do not demand to have them seek help right away but be open to talk about their issue. Listen and ask if they would like advice from you.
Ask if they need help
Ask how you can help and see what they need at that moment. Be careful not to take control and be patient. Show up and be consistent in whatever you promise to do.
Learn about their condition
Educate yourself on their condition and get familiar with their symptoms so you can understand what they are going through. Let them know you are interested in their treatment if they are in treatment to better support their needs.
Their illness or addiction is theirs alone
It is important to establish boundaries towards your loved ones in order to not only protect yourself but also place control in your loved one’s lives.
Seek support for your family member and yourself
Remember that this can also be stressful and emotionally draining. You will be able to help your loved one more if you are healthy. Seeking support with others in the same situation can be helpful and know you are not alone. Groups like Al-Anon (https://al-anon.org) or Nar-Anon (https://www.nar-anon.org/find-a-meeting) are available for individuals who have loved ones addicted to alcohol and narcotics. You can also seek one-on-one counseling for yourself as well.
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Family members and caregivers. National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://www.nami.org/your-journey/family-members-and-caregivers
Resources for family coping with mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA https://www.samhsa.gov/families