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Over 71 percent of students said they have experienced some form of anxiety according to a sample survey taken in December 2019.

Out of the 7.7 million teens and children in the United States with a treatable mental health disorder, at least half of them did not receive treatment from a mental health professional according to the University of Michigan Health Lab. 

Countless teenagers are in need of help, but many do not have the means or courage to seek it. 

Counselors Leslie Cummings for grades 9-12 and Natalie Kinsella for grades 7-8 have many resources available for students and families.

 

Mental Health Services

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. according to AFSP, and 90 percent of people who engage in self-harm begin during their teen or pre-adolescent years (Healthy Place). Mental health resources are all around us.

National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255

Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 

Adolescent Depression Support Group: 517-258-0083

Community Mental Health: 517-346-8460

Lifeways Community Mental Health: 800-248-8288

Support for Parent of Adolescents in Need: 517-292-2801

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: 888-333-2377

Counselors 7-12

 

LGBTQ+ 

LGBTQ+ youth are almost five times as likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual youth according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As not everyone receives acceptance from those around them, it is important to provide support to those who need it.

GSA Pam Gower: [email protected]

Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 

LBGT Resource Center: 517-353-9520 

The Listening Ear 517-337-1717

 

Abuse/Assault 

“Every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile only 5 out of every 1000 perpetrators will end up in prison,” according to RAINN. Survivors of assault experience trauma from these altercations, and many don’t speak up because of fear and judgement.

Child Abuse hotline: 800-422-4453

RAINN: 800-656-4673

End Violence Encounters: 517-372-5572

Love Is Respect: 1-866-331-9474

OK2Say: 855-565-2729

 

Drugs and Alcohol

“There are more than 22 million people in the U.S. who need treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. Sadly, only about 11 percent of people over the age of 12 years receive treatment, 10 percent for those aged 12 to 19 years,” according to WebMD.

SRSLY: 517-985-6115 [email protected]

Al-Anon Teen: 517-484-1977

Gateway: 877-833-3689

 

Grieving

By the end of high school, 5 percent of today’s students will have lost one of their parents, and 20 percent will have experienced the death of someone close by age 18,” according to Vitas Healthcare. Grief is a complex and difficult experience to go through. It can also be experienced after any major change in someone’s life, and nearly everyone struggles with it at some point in their lives.

Ele’s Place: 517-482-1315

The Listening Ear: 517-337-1717

Vitas Healthcare: 855-539-1012