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'Mental health doesn't go away over the summer:' Local organizations see spike in demand for services

Original post made on Aug 2, 2019

Local youth-counseling organizations are seeing a rise in demand during the summer, a time of the year when many teens and families historically haven't sought as much mental health support.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

I just to remind families that your child may qualify for mental health treatment through their public school. If your child has had a mental health condition that is chronic in nature and affects their schooling, they should be able to receive an IEP. Receiving mental health treatment at school is very helpful. You will need to request an IEP evaluation in writing and be persistent.

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Posted by A Moral Compass
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

A Moral Compass is a registered user.

There should be added services for adults as well...teens aren't the only ones enduring the mental & emotional hardships of everyday life.

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Posted by Lifelong Learners
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 2, 2019 at 2:19 pm

“"The lack of structure creates a lot of chaos and sense of loss," he said. "We see that in the parents, too.”

That’s what happens when the system of education is designed for external direction and to inculcate compliance. It is literally like prisoners being uneasy when they are let out. This does not happen with independent/self-directed education, except at the very beginning when it takes about as many months as the child has been in school in years to get over it.

Kids are going to face that lack of structure eventually. We should be moving toward more respect of them as independent persons in school so that they have greater agency all along.

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Posted by Jon Keeling
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 2, 2019 at 6:01 pm

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Everyone should memorize this number: 741741

Text 741741 to reach a trained crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line. Most of us are volunteers. It is available free, nation-wide (and, through affiliates, in Canada and the UK and spreading), 24x7.

Most likely, your tween/teen already knows about CTL. But you might want to mention it to them, just in case they didn't. And it works for adults, too...

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