One of Robin’s goals for Renew Ministries is to offer resources to those dealing with adversity. There are literally hundreds of websites and free hotlines that offer help to people dealing with issues bigger than they are. Robin’s best advice is to know when you need help and don’t be afraid to seek it. Here are some of Robin’s picks to help get through dangerous times.
How to Spot a Sociopath
Before any relationship gets out of control, check for warning signs.
While this is not a website, it needs no introduction. Do not be afraid to call out for help in emergencies.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) | www.ndvh.org
Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 | text loveis to 22522* | www.loveisrespect.org
Loveisrespect strives to be a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them. Our website provides comprehensive education on healthy, unhealthy and abusive dating relationships and behaviors
National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) | www.childhelp.org
Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver, whether through action or failing to act, causes injury, death, emotional harm or risk of serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-4673 (HOPE) | www.rainn.org
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK) | www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
National Center for Victims of Crime
1-202-467-8700 | www.victimsofcrime.org
The twelve-step organization that started it all. Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is non-professional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
Co-dependency is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship.
1-800-736-9805 | http://www.familiesanonymous.org/
Families Anonymous is a 12 Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.
Caring Bridge is a website of support for those—both young and old—dealing with medical issues. With all the busy-ness” surrounding medical tragedies, keeping friends and family members updated can become a burden. With Caring Bridge, patients can post updates one time and send the link to those who want to keep updated. This puts the responsibility on caring friends and relatives to keep in touch, not on the patient.
Patients Like Me
https://www.patientslikeme.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/PatientsLikeMe/
Patients Like Me, the world’s largest personalized health network, helps people find new options for treatments, connect with others, and take action to improve their outcomes. Here, you can meet others dealing with your similar condition and get answers about what you need to do.
Life Skills Village
248-788-4300 | http://www.lifeskillsvillage.com/
Life Skills Village provides behaviorally-based community reintegration services to people with brain injuries.
Brain Injury Association
1-800-444-6443 | http://www.biausa.org/
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Their mission is to advance awareness, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury.