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I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed? What do I do?

If you or someone you know is in crisis right now and needs immediate help, call 911.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed with stress and/or you have thoughts to harm yourself or other people, call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Center Helpline at 800-854-7771, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, or text "LA" to 741741 to message a Crisis Text Line counselor.

If you are feeling stressed out, you are not alone. There are many things happening that can cause stress.

The National Institute of Mental Health recommends the following activities when you start feeling overwhelmed or stressed:

  • Keep a journal
  • Download a deep breathing, visualization, or mindfulness app
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Avoid drinking excess caffeine
  • Identify and challenge your negative thoughts.
  • Reach out to your friends or family members

If you are struggling to cope, it may be time to consult a professional. Find more information on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) website.

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This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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