This has been a difficult year for children and teenagers. They have been taken away from their friends, missed opportunities such as graduation ceremonies, many have lost internships and summer jobs, and they have been forced into a new way of learning via online classes. These are just a few of several major life adjustments that are sure to have an impact on their mental health.
It is important during this time to give them the attention and support they need and to reach out for help when necessary. Some amount of anxiety is to be expected, however, many might need to reach out for additional care. For more information about what to watch out for and how to help, watch the conversation below with Dr. Pam McCombs and Counselor April Hawkins from Valley Oaks Health.
How To Reach Out
There is a community of professionals at Valley Oaks that are here to help you through online resources, Telehealth support, and informational webinars such as this one.
Should you find yourself needing to talk to someone, there are several numbers you can reach out to for help:
Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
Call 765-423-2638, ask to speak to the therapist on call
Monday-Friday, 5 PM to 8 AM, and ALL HOURS Saturday-Sunday:
Call 1-800-859-5553, ask to speak to the therapist on call
If you feel as though there is an immediate danger, please reach out to one of the following emergency helplines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255, available at all hours, 7 days a week
Mental Health America Wabash Valley Region Crisis Line
Call or text 765-742-0244