As dancers, we strive to give our body what it needs to stay active and healthy, but our physical body is not the only part of ourselves on which we rely. Mental wellness plays a crucial role in the relationship with self, and others, on and off the dance floor. Mental health should be a top priority! Depression, anxiety, eating disorders as well as many other mental health conditions are common, and there is no shame in struggling. We ALL have mental health, and it’s about time we start talking about it.
To get started, we created a list of the top mental health providers in the country. We hope you find this information useful.
If you are a teen or know a teen, here is a great place to start! Teens Reaching Out to Teens
For anyone in San Luis Obispo County, Ca. looking for mental health resources or who is in crisis call SLO Hotline.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. To learn more about NAMI, please visit: https://www.nami.org/
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addiction treatment services. For more information about the National Council for Behavioral Health, please visit: https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. For more information about Mental Health First Aid, please visit https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. For more information about NEDA, please visit https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide
AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.
For more information, please visit https://afsp.org/