Aug 31 2022
DARK FORCES: Mental Health in Star Wars
In recent years, Star Wars has had some striking depictions of heroes struggling with internal demons. Some might even say depression. In this conversation, we discuss how Obi-Wan, Luke, and Anakin/Vader do battle with enemies within.
And if you ever find yourself struggling to cope, here are some free resources you can go to for help:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Family Support Groups are structured, peer-led support groups for those supporting the recovery of a family member with mental illness. NAMI Connection is a structured, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a serious mental illness.
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration https://www.samhsa.gov/
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
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