I'VE GOT YOU PROJECT
YOU ARE THE FRONT LINE FOR RECOGNIZING AND RESPONDING WHEN SOMEONE MAY BE STRUGGLING WITH A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE.
TELL THEM “I’VE GOT YOU” TODAY!
You’re probably here because you’re wondering if someone you know is experiencing a mental health disorder.
YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE.
The I’ve Got You project provides information you will use throughout your life to help you RECOGNIZE and RESPOND when someone needs your help. You’ll see how you can be the mental health front line for those around you.
I’ve Got You is a hub for information that will help you determine if someone may be experiencing a mental health disorder and how to help, without needing to take a course or participate in any special training. The information here will be useful to you in all of the settings – home, school, work, in public, in relationships, etc. – where you may encounter someone who is sick.
There is information about signs that cross the lifespan, signs that occur at particular life stages, and signs associated with several particular disorders. Taken together, this offers you an excellent chance of identifying someone who is struggling with a mental health disorder.
SIGNS THAT SOMEONE MAY BE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE
The I’ve Got You site has hundreds of specific signs that can mean someone is struggling and needs your help. Look at those across the lifespan, across specific age ranges, and for specific disorders.
HOW TO HELP
Once we recognize that someone needs help, we can help ease suffering and prevent suicide. I’ve Got You gives you extensive guidance for reaching out and offering that help.
WHAT IS THE "I'VE GOT YOU" PROJECT?
I’ve Got You spreads information and generates compassion!
We do this by empowering YOU to be on the front line of recognizing and responding to someone who is suffering a mental health disorder and acting with compassion instead of blame, shame, and judgement.
When you have information that transforms your understanding of someone’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, you move into a position to help rather than judge.
Saying “I’ve got you” to someone who may well be struggling alone means so many things: I get it; I won’t judge you; I am here for you; I will listen; I will show up; I will help.
Too many people are struggling. We have no comprehensive system for identifying and getting help to everyone who needs it. That means ALL OF US must be on the front lines of mental health intervention! I’ve Got You gives you the tools you need to be on that front line.
MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19
The COVID pandemic has created a secondary epidemic of mental health disorders. We need to be more vigilant than ever about how those around us are doing during this incredibly difficult time. Use I’ve Got You to watch for signs of anxiety, depression, and suicidality – especially among the young people in your life.
Find links to additional resources that provide useful information about general mental health issues, specific mental health disorders, help for those in unique categories such as the LGBTQ community, online self-assessment tools, contacting mental health professionals, and getting involved in online support communities.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW FEEL(S) SUICIDAL, go to the emergency room, call a mental health professional who can talk to you NOW, or call the police and say you have a mental health crisis, not a criminal situation!
In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text HOME to The Crisis Textline at 741741. They are available 24/7 in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
See Also: HELPING SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL