resources

MINDBAR does not provide therapy; we are an educational group activities company focused on teaching our members and clients tools and best practices for personal growth and stress management, and facilitating meaningful group discussion. 
 
If you need individual (one-on-one) therapy, please see Finding a Therapist
 
If you are experiencing suicidal thinking or having any type of emotional or mental health crisis, please call 911 or one of the resources listed below.  Mindbar teachers are not authorized to provide mental health treatment advice or any health advice.  

Emergency: 911
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Crisis Text Line: Text "DESERVE" TO 741-741
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging): https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Essential local and community services: 211, https://www.211.org/
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) 
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
TransLifeline: https://www.translifeline.org - 877-565-8860
Suicide Prevention Wiki: http://suicideprevention.wikia.com 

FINDING A THERAPIST
We recommend https://PsychologyToday.com for finding a therapist (or a psychologist or psychiatrist). You can select your zip code and set filters for your insurance, the gender or speciality of the therapist, see their picture and read their bio.  We also suggest you filter for "accepting new clients" to save time and frustration.  When looking for a new therapist, try scheduling a brief consult with two or three different therapists, and then make your decision.  You don't have to make a commitment, but once you pick someone, try giving it a few sessions before making a judgment.  Individual therapy is like a semester, not a single class.  If the therapist does not accept your insurance (or if you don't have any right now), ask if they have a sliding scale, and be prepared to say what you can afford to pay.  Some therapists will offer a discount if you commit to weekly or bi-weekly sessions.  Most of all, be honest and vulnerable when you are meeting the therapist.  See how they respond, and how you feel when you are meeting with them.  Therapy is YOUR time, to help you, and you need to advocate for yourself.  Ask for what you need.  Be open to questions and don't expect it to be always easy or comfortable.  You have to make a bit of a mess sometimes to clean out the stubborn spots, metaphorically speaking.