Life can be gratifying when we are in a harmonious and committed relationship. As we enter that world, we feel that we have a friend, supporter and a lover in one person.
However, life is very unpredictable, and sometimes we can’t comprehend what’s happening to us. When harmony and unity in a relationship are slowly diminishing, everything is exhausting. It can also be a difficult time for you, especially if one or both of you have mental health issues on top of that. It can mean serious changes in your relationship and marriage.
Darlene Lancer, JD, LMFT, wrote, “Couples get into problems when they’re afraid to be honest — usually because they think the truth will upset their partner and might jeopardize the relationship. They don’t express their hurt or to ask for the love or support they want, or they do so in a way that’s critical or blaming.”
“Some couples have lost their patience, ability to care, sense of humour and/or how to have fun together,” said Lori Smehoff, MA, LMFT. “This can impact the quality of your relationship in terms of feeling connected both emotionally and physically.”
Good thing some people are relentless and they will continue looking for ways on mending their tainted relationships. One of the ways to “fix a broken heart” is to turn to several mental health and counseling resources. Below are the best options that you can explore:
Crisis Support Hotlines
If you’re struggling with a variety of problems like marriage issues and mental health problems, these hotlines can be very helpful as you can call them anytime and anywhere. Remember these essential contact numbers.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (800-246-7743)
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- The GLBT National Help Center: 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
- The Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255
- The Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline: 1-212-673-3000
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7223
- The National Crime Victim Helpline: 1-800-394-2255
7cups is one of the best resource sites for couples that need to undergo therapy but cannot afford a traditional counselor. It continues to help people by using their numerous resources like information on self-care, group chats, and community support features.
It also provides a free chat tool which enables you to converse with a group of listeners. The listeners are made up of a volunteer group who are willing to listen to you talk about your love life and all.
If you need someone to talk to concerning your relationship problems, then BlahTherapy can be your talk buddy. It provides both free and paid counseling services. Free users can share their thoughts anonymously to a listener anytime. Paid users, on the other hand, have the opportunity to consult a professional therapist or a social worker for a more in-depth therapy approach.
If you are an on-the-go kind of person, Reachout is the perfect app for you. Reachout can be installed on any iOS or Android device. The app helps you interact and seek help from others on your marriage issues using their phones. It enables you to ask for relationship help without dialing phone numbers or using a desktop PC to perform a live chat.
The Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line is a mental health service tool available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through texting. It can be used if you have no access to a computer and it also enables you to be anonymous. It’s safe to talk about your relationship issues since the counselor won’t see your face. You have to text “START” and send to 741-741 for your relationship counseling process to commence.
“There are no easy fixes, but no one ever said having a life long relationship was going to be easy,” wrote Becky Whetstone, PhD, LMFT.