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Choice LinkUp: Directory for information about reproductive rights and health.
Exhale: Exhale serves women who have abortions, and their partners, friends and family. They respect the cultural, social and religious beliefs of all callers. 1-866-4 EXHALE (1-866-439–4253)
Prevent Suicide Now: Suicide Prevention site.
Suicide--Read this first: Suicide Prevention.
Abortion Clinics OnLine: Here is a link to a number of abortion clinics around the country. You can call and ASK THEM if they provide pre- and post-abortion counseling.
HeartSite: A web site where you can read and leave compassionate messages from & to others about abortion.
If there is no one safe to talk to in your life, then find a counselor or therapist. Therapists are trained to listen, and have worked with many other people who struggled with issues of grief, depression, guilt, shame and low self-esteem.
Sometimes it's hard to go to a professional for help because a therapist or counselor may seem like a poor substitute for a friend. Sometimes people feel a little humiliated for having to pay someone to listen to their problems, but talking to a therapist can often help you more than talking to someone you know. Pastoral counselors can be helpful, too, especially if you are dealing with spiritual injury.
When looking for a therapist, you want to find someone you feel comfortable with, someone compassionate and empathic. You should have a sense that this person respects you, cares about you, and is really trying to understand you from your point of view. If, after a few sessions, you do not feel comfortable with your therapist, you should point this out. If his or her response does not make you more comfortable, you should consider finding someone else.
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