This month, we’re challenging the toxic positivity that characterizes much of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By highlighting the idea that It’s OK, Not to be OK, we hope to validate the feelings of those affected by breast cancer, no matter what those feelings may be. The reality is that a breast cancer diagnosis can take a heavy toll in many ways. While physical health is essential to prioritize during cancer treatment, the importance of mental health should not be underestimated. Here are some great breast cancer patient resources available to help you navigate your mental health throughout breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
Breast Cancer Mental Health Resources
- American Cancer Society: Provides comprehensive information and a helpline for emotional support.
- Helpline: 1-800-227-2345
- Cancer Support Community: Offers various types of support, including counseling and support groups.
- BreastCancer.org: Provides extensive resources including forums and articles focused on emotional well-being.
- Young Survival Coalition (YSC): Focuses on young adults affected by breast cancer and offers various types of support.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Although not specific to cancer, NAMI offers mental health support and resources.
- Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
- Triage Cancer: We know that financial stress contributes significantly to physical and mental stress; this organization can help you navigate financial strain caused by cancer.
Outcomes4Me is also here to help. Find support from fellow breast cancer patients in our patient Community, and discover more resources to help you navigate all stages of breast cancer in the Outcomes4Me App.