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Federally Funded Suicide Help Line Offers Post-Inauguration Advice

By  |  January 28, 2017, 04:16pm  |  @briansikma

A federally funded suicide prevention resource is offering post-inauguration counseling for those struggling in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is a project of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is currently running a Political Transition 2017 campaign to help “manage anxiety and stress” individuals “may be feeling related to the recent U.S. presidential election, inauguration, and transition.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also runs an effort that reaches out to veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. The 24/7 hotline that veterans can call is the same phone number that is listed for the post-election counseling effort.

For those still in denial or disbelief about the outcome of the presidential election or the recent – peaceful – transition power between the outgoing Obama Administration and incoming Trump Administration, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers these helpful tips:

Stick to Routines

Even if you don’t feel like going to work or working out like you usually do, stick to going as much as possible. Routines ground us in the here and now, and remind us of things within our control that do not have to change.

Seek Social Support

Talk about your thoughts and feelings with others, enjoy time to share experiences that can help you cope with the feelings, or distract you from them temporarily so you can take an “emotional breather.

Other “coping tips” include suggestions to “Limit your interaction with things that might aggravate your stress right now, like social media and television” and “Take compassionate, caring actions to support others, where you can.”

Alternatively, election and inaugural handwringers could accept the outcome of the election and realize that our Republic has survived far graver circumstances and far less competent administrations in the past.