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If you need help finding or connecting with resources as a breast cancer survivor, the CBCS Team would like to help. Call us at 1-866-927-6920, or e-mail us at cbcs@unc.edu.

 

Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or substance abuse challenges, you are not alone. There are people ready to help.

Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3663

The Hope4NC Helpline is a 24/7, free service that connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports. The aim is to help people cope and build resilience during times of crisis. Hope4NC includes a Crisis Counseling Program tailored for COVID-19. If you do not have health insurance, Hope4NC can may still be able to connect you with behavioral, mental health, and substance abuse services.

Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990

The Helpline is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week and free resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling and support in dealing with the traumatic effects of a natural or human-caused disaster. The Helpline is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

You can also reach out by texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service to call the Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or call TTY 1-800-846-8517Si Ud. se prefiere español (or conoce a alguien quien lo prefiere), llame 1-800-846-8517, y oprime numero 2. También Ud. puede enviar un mensaje de texto “Hablanos” a 66746

Patient Family Resource Center: 984-974-8100

There are unique challenges for those battling cancer. If you are a current patient with UNC Health, the Patient Family Resource Center at the N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC, can connect you with mental health, counseling, or other resources that are knowledgeable also about how to best serve the people who had or still are fighting cancer through their Cancer Navigation Support Calls program. Call (984) 974-8100 to reach out.

COVID-19 and Cancer

For more help understanding what COVID-19 is and how it may affect you as a breast cancer survivor or fighter, see the helpful guides posted by the American Cancer Society and the non-profit Foundation for Women’s Cancer.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

Counselors are available by phone, text or chat 24/7 at centers across the United States to help if you or someone you know is having thoughts about suicide or is in emotional distress. It is always free and confidential to speak with someone. If you are more comfortable texting, text Connect or MHFA to 741741, or you can chat with someone by visiting https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use your preferred relay service, or dial 711, then 1-800-273-8255. Llame 1-888-628-9454 para hablar con algien en español.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK(8255), press #1

The National Suicide Prevention has counselors trained specifically to address the issues faced by military veterans. To reach someone by text, text Connect to 838255.

Lifeline Crisis Chat: www.crisischat.org

Sometimes reaching out is easier online.

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

Trans Lifeline provides peer support for transgender people by members of the trans community. They provide resources on mental health through practicalities of trans living. Hours are currently 5pm – 1am ET every day of the week. Oprima 2 para hablar con unx operador en español.

Mobile Crisis Units

These units provide crisis response, stabilization, and intervention for mental health and substance use-related crises. If not an emergency, visit Crisis Solutions NC for resources in your county.

Orange and Person Counties: 1-877-8844

Durham, Wake, and Johnston Counties: 1-800-510-9132

Other counties: Call the Hope4NC helpline (1-855-587-3663), or call 911 and ask for a “CIT officer” to respond.

Finding a Local Therapist

To find someone to visit in person, follow this link, or this one, or this one. To find online therapists, go here.

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Digital Resources

There are apps for your smartphone, too, that some people have found useful and that we can share with you.

MY3 connects you a free app that has many helpful tools embedded, including the national crisis line number, a mood tracker, links to resources, etc. Go to my3app.org for links to download from Apple App Store or Google Play.

HeadSpace offers helpful mindfulness activities and resources. A subscription service, it is available for a free trial. Go to www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app to learn more and for download links.

MyLife Meditation (formerly Stop, Breathe and Think) is a free app (for its basic tier) is another recommended option for a meditation app.

Lifetiles Pro is another free option for an app with tools to manage during this crisis, including trackers for medications, sleep, and your thoughts. It is available at the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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Support for African American Women

The National Sisters’ Network has since 1994 been an advocate for African American women with breast cancer locally and nationally. North Carolina is home to two local chapters.

Greensboro Sisters’ Network

Contact Nora Jones by e-mail, or call her at (336) 272-0092.

Triangle Sisters’ Network

Contact Valerie Worthy by e-mail, or call her at (919) 490-1571.

Comprehensive Cancer Support Program

The Comprehensive Cancer Support Program helps patients during cancer treatment, recovery, and survivorship. UNC Lineberger is the only public National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Carolina. The Patient Family Resource Center connects patients to support, education, and related resources. It also offers services such as financial aid referrals, a boutique for wigs and head coverings, and relaxation rooms. The PFRC is located on the ground floor of the N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

Other Breast Cancer Information

Susan G. Komen
En Español

National Cancer Institute
En Español

American Cancer Society
En Español

National Breast Cancer Coalition
Guide to Quality Breast Cancer Care