Mental Health Awareness: Resilience

For many of us, life has been rather hectic and stressful, especially recently. The following information is for those of us who feel overwhelmed and feel a need to work on being more resilient.

Resilience allows us to experience difficulties and rebound from them. When people who are resilient face troubled times, traumatic events, or failure, they somehow manage to find a way to emotionally heal, and continue moving toward their goals. They pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and start all over again, so to speak. How do they do it?

Getting through pain and disappointment without letting negative thoughts and feelings overwhelm you isn’t easy. Any crisis can test resilience. Looking to loved ones for help and emotional support, increasing self-care, and focusing on the aspects of the situation that are under your control can help.

This information about psychological resilience is not intended as a replacement for a physician's or therapist's treatment. 

There's no shame in admitting that you're having a tough time getting through the day. Here are some ways to find professional help:

  • The NAMI HelpLine1-800-950-6264, is available Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM CST. You can also email, opens a new window  
  • NAMI St. Tammany offers many resources and programs here on the Northshore. For more information, call 985-626-6538 or 1-888-521-2297
  • Louisiana 2-1-1 is available 24/7. You can speak to someone who specializes in crisis intervention, information, and/or referral
  • The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7. Text TALK to 741741. After you send this first text message, you will receive an automated text asking about your crisis. Based on your reply, the Crisis Text Line team pairs you with a counselor, who will then text you directly
  • IMAlive uses a chat service to respond to people in crisis. Click the "Chat Now" button to begin speaking with a trained volunteer
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, en español 1-888-628-9454, is available 24/7. National Suicide Prevention's TTY number is 1-800-799-4889. They also have an online chat service

We have put together a list of St. Tammany Parish Library resources and external websites that have more information about resilience. Please contact your nearest St. Tammany Parish Library reference librarian, opens a new window if you need help getting access to any of the items on this list:


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