At Hinge Health we understand that sometimes we all need a little more support.
It can be difficult to know who to go to when you need help or support, so we created this resource to offer some ideas on where to start.
Check out Hinge Health group support in the app. As part of the program, you have access to a private group where other Hinge Health users are also seeking support. Groups create a sense of belonging and the opportunity to connect with others who have similar hopes and challenges. People feel less alone in their pain when they are heard by peers and can relate to one another sharing the ups and downs of getting better.
A Hinge Health member shared, “It’s reassuring to know that you are not alone. It’s hard trying to explain to your spouse what you are going through each day. You don’t want to be a complainer or someone who is always making excuses so you just suck it up and internalize all of the pain and frustrations. They will never understand the pain and discomfort you feel every day. It leads to distancing, then isolation, then depression. This program has helped me to know that it’s not my fault. It’s helped me to know that there are others who understand what I go through every day. That is what keeps me going.”
Connect with your EAP (short for Employee Assistance Program). Not all companies have a program but your coach can help you connect with this resource. All EAP programs are different. Some offer a number of free sessions with a local mental health provider (usually around five), while some may be a phone number you call for support.
What they all have in common is that they are 100% confidential. Your work won’t be notified that you reached out. You can call and say “I’m looking for support around….” If you’re worried about what to say, you can ask your coach to help you prepare.
Contact your health insurance to ask what mental health benefits are available to you. On the back of your health insurance card there is a number to call and you can find out what providers are in-network and what benefits you have.
Google Psychology Today, which is a resource you can use to look for providers in your area based on what you’re looking for.
Contact the NAMI Helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). This is a free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with mental health conditions, their family members, mental health providers and the public. They can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm, ET.
If you find yourself in without hope or you feel you may harm yourself, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255, this is a 24/7 free confidential service if you find yourself in crisis.