What to do if the election result is affecting your mental health

LONDON – The most divisive presidential election has just come to a dramatic end. And, while Twitter is replete with celebrations and commiserations, people are also using the platform to exchange information and resources about mental health

Twitter users are sharing advice and resources. And they’re offering solidarity and support to those who are finding it difficult to cope.

If the election result is affecting your mental health, or that of someone you know, here is a list of resources available to you.

Addiction and sobriety

On Twitter, people shared what they were doing to stay sober.

“It helped me stay sober tonight to talk to you all about staying sober. We will get through this,” said another tweet posted by Cox.

A spokesperson for Alcoholics Anonymous told Mashable that anyone worried about staying sober should go to the Alcoholics Anonymous website to find out where their nearest meetings are being held.

Consult the full listing of AA meetings in the U.S.. Check the list of Drug Addiction Anonymous for your nearest meeting. And, if you’re in the UK, you can find meetings here.

“Pick up the phone and talk to a sponsor, or someone you know that’s struggled with addiction,” the spokesperson continued.


Thousands of people spoke about anxiety and panic attacks on Twitter during and after election night.

Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter advised limiting your exposure to the news by turning off your phone or computer could

“Try to take your mind off things and focus on your breathing and/or surroundings. Try exercising or reading a book; in fact doing anything that requires a level of focus on something other than your own worries will help you to centre yourself,” Lidbetter told Mashable.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Information Helpline on (800) 950-NAMI (6264).

For more resources on managing anxious thoughts and feelings, here’s a guide to Generalised Anxiety Disorder or Chronic Worrying. If you’re in the UK, visit or call 08444 775 774.”


Stephen Buckley from mental health charity Mind said you are struggling with depression or any mental illness “seeking help is one of the most important things to do”.

“Speak to a friend or family member or go to your GP, who can talk you through the support that’s available,” Buckley continued.

If you need to talk to someone, call the Samaritans 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (212) 673-3000

Crisis Text Line serves anyone in any type of crisis. Text “START” to 741741 from anywhere in the USA and a crisis counsellor will help you accordingly.

If you’re based in the UK, call Mind’s helpline 0300 123 3393 or head to for more information.


If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.

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