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With funding provided by the state, the Henderson Family YMCA and other North Carolina YMCAs are working to increase awareness about mental health resources available to teens and their families in 2024 and beyond. Many teens in North Carolina and nationwide are experiencing mental health challenges, but help is available!

Finding Help in Vance County.

Suicide is Never the Answer.

Thoughts of suicide can be frightening. But we can avoid devastating outcomes by reaching our for help or checking in with friends and family. Suicidal thoughts are a symptom, just like any other -they can be treated and improve over time. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available.

Mental Health Treatment Options

Where to Go for Mental Health help.

If you have access, your first action should be to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider. They can provide initial mental health screenings, refer you to mental health specialists, and help you develop a well-documented paper trail of your quest for mental health support. If you have an appointment scheduled soon with your primary care provider and are struggling to maintain your mental health, voice your concerns and ask for help.

To find a therapist, use one of the resources listed under the NC Alliance of YMCAs Finding Help page. 

To find specific culturally competent care (therapists who may share your background or culture), use one of the resources listed under the NC Alliance of YMCAs of YMCAs Mental Health in Marginalized Groups page.

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About Mental Health

From a young age, we're taught that you should visit the doctor when you feel physical pain or discomfort. But what do you do when the pain and discomfort are coming from your thoughts and emotions? While physical illnesses affect part of your body, mental illnesses affect your emotions, thinking, or behavior and sometimes a combination of the three. Left untreated, mental illness can impact your ability to:

  • do well in school or at work
  • maintain healthy relationships
  • manage day-to-day tasks
  • and so much more...

Even though diagnosing a mental illness is not as straightforward as diagnosing a physical illness (like a broken leg or a cold), they are all health conditions with life saving treatments available. 

Mental Illness is Nothing to be Ashamed of

Just like asthma or diabetes, you can’t control whether you experience mental illness or not. Some people are more prone to mental illnesses due to genetics, while others may experience trauma that leads to mental illness. The bottom line is that we can’t control the cards we’re dealt, but we can choose to use the resources available to help us.

Mental Illness Doesn’t Have a “Face”

Mental illness can affect anyone— regardless of age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, income, or social status. It could be the friend you know is having problems at home or the friend who seemingly has it all together. In a group of you and your four closest friends, at least one has experienced some form of mental illness.

You're Not Alone in Vance County

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the presence of almost every poor mental health indicator has risen since 2011. Of course, as a young person, you experience a unique set of challenges in life, but just because mental health struggles are common doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help.

It’s okay not to feel okay sometimes. However, being honest about when to reach out for help is essential. The YMCA of Henderson has teen mental health resources to help you feel seen, safe, and get the help you need.

Youth, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ Communities Face a Greater Risk

The unique challenges of being young, a person of color, or part of the LGBTQ+ community create a higher risk for mental health struggles. Maintaining good mental health can be more difficult for some when considering that you can hold several of these identities simultaneously. The COVID-19 pandemic brought on new struggles for young people, too. Some of the factors that affected teen mental health during COVID 19 include (but are not limited to):

  • Isolation from peers
  • Rapidly adapting to virtual learning
  • Changes to sleep habits (and other routines)
Many People Don’t Know How to Access Mental Health Resources

Of the many young people who struggle with a mental health disorder, only about half receive the needed treatment. Frequently, young people end up waiting over ten years to get treatment. Imagine dealing with the pain and struggles of an injury for over ten years because you didn’t have the resources you needed for treatment.

Questions: Contact James Alexander or 252.438.2144, ext. 140