Mental Illness

  • Mental Illness

    Everyone knows that you can get diseases of the body- a cold, the flu, chicken pox. But you can get a disease of the mind too. These disorders can make you feel sad or stressed to a higher degree than just normal emotions.

    It is important to be able to recognize these disorders in yourself and friends so that you can get help if necessary. You are not alone in whatever you might be feeling; disorders such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders are very common among teens your age. In this section, read up on mental disorders in teens and their symptoms and find out where to get help.

    For advice on stress management and general well-being, look here.

  • Hotlines and Counseling in Rockland

    Remember you can always make an appointment with your school counselor who can speak with you and guide you to further help. It is important to seek help if you are feeling overwhelmed or any thoughts of suicide. Asking for help if a big step. These people are here to help.

    Here are some hotlines you call for help as well.

    Rockland County Crisis Hotline-845-517-0400 or (Toll Free) 1-844-255-BHRT (2478)

    • Behavioral Health Response Team will listen to your issues and connect you with care in the community

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    • Will connect you with a trained counselor in the area who will listen to your problem and tell you about nearby services that may help
    • Available 24/7
    • Can help you with any type of problem, not just suicidal thoughts
    • Confidential and free
    • For Spanish speaking:1-800-628-9454

    The Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline- 866-488-7386

    • For LGBTQ teens who may be struggling with problems and thoughts of suicide. Will connect you with a trained volunteer.

    TrevorChat

    • Online chat service to serve LGBTQ teens who want to talk.
    • Available 7 days a week from 3pm-9pm ET
    • TrevorText- Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
    • Available on Fridays 4pm-8pm ET
    • Standard text messaging rates

    New York State Hopeline- 1-877-8-HOPENY

    • Available 24/7
    • For alcoholism, drug abuse, or gambling addictions
    • Trained doctors in multiple languages
    • Will talk with you about your problems and refer you to further treatment
    • Here are some other counseling services throughout Rockland for teens:

    CANDLE Drop-In Counseling

    • Free short-term counseling sessions to just talk about stress and other issues.
    • Residents of Orangetown can walk in. Everyone can make an appointment at- The Nyack Center 58 Depew Ave Nyack, NY Mon 5:30pm-8:30pm

    Rockland County Dept of Mental Health

    • 50 Sanatorium Road, Building F Pomona, NY
    • 845-364-2150
    • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Clinic for treatment for mental health problems. Call: 845-364-2200
    • Assessment and referral to treatment for mental health services

    Haverstraw Center

    • Call or speak with someone at the center for information on counseling services.
    • 845-429-5731

    Mental Health Association of Rockland County, Inc. (MHA)

    • 140 Route 303 The Senator Morahan Wellness Center Valley Cottage, NY
    • (845) 267-2172
    • The Self-Health Clearing House provides information and referral to self-help and support groups in the community.
    • Monthly teen support group for teens with emotional disabilities

    Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA)

    • Hilltop Elementary School 20 George Street Haverstraw, NY
    • Former Nyack High School 131 N Midland Ave Nyack NY
    • Mental Health Clinic service for adolescents. Call 914-345-0700 ext7350 for an appointment

    Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Outpatient Frawley Clinic

    • 3 Campbell Ave Suffern, NY 10901
    • Contact 845-368-5222 for a treatment plan if you are having a psychiatric or emotional problem
    • In English, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew

    VCS Inc.

    • 77 South Main Street New City, NY.
    • Families in Need of Support (FINS)- In-school counseling for teens with behavioral problems or distress. Contact your guidance counselor or other school staff to be referred. Call 845-634-5729 ext. 318.
    • Mental health clinic for those 18+: (845) 634-5729.
  • Depression

    Depression is more than just feeling sad. Depression is long-term sadness and being down, sometimes feeling like it is pointless to go on. Often people who are depressed have little motivation to get out of bed each day, hang out with friends, or enjoy life. Depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be resolved through counseling, therapy, or medication. Read these articles below for information on symptoms of depression, why someone becomes depressed, and what treatment may be like.

    When someone is depressed, there is an increased risk for self-harm and suicide. If you are feeling suicidal or about hurting yourself or others, getting help is important and will really help. It is important to know that you are not alone and someone always cares about you, whether it be your parents, siblings, or friends. Look at our suicide section here.

    Self-Harm/Cutting

  • Anxiety

    Anxiety is an extreme of worrying. Being worried and nervous in certain situations is normal and exists to protect us from things that might be dangerous. However, when someone worries regularly about little things so much that it affects their everyday life, including socializing, eating, and sleeping, this could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or another more specific anxiety disorder. Read up below.

    An anxiety disorder in which someone gets extremely nervous in social situations, so much so that it affects their everyday life and they avoid normal social activities.

    An anxiety disorder that focuses on obsessions. People with OCD obsess over whether something might be bad or harmful and have rituals or “compulsions”, things they need to do, to get rid of the anxiety.

  • Eating Disorders

    An eating disorder is more than a diet. It is an obsession over food and exercise with extreme behaviors. The most common eating disorders are anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. While anorexia and bulimia are often due to an intense desire to be thin, binge eating disorder is characterized by uncontrolled overeating.

    An eating disorder is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to your body physically, as well as emotional harm, and requires treatment. Read up on all different types of eating disorders, how to recognize them, and how to get help. For more on body image, go here.

    Anorexia

    Bulimia

    Binge Eating Disorder

    For help, talk with your parents, contact your school counselor or see one of these counseling options. Treatment specific to eating disorders can be found below.

    Rockland Jewish Family Services

    • 450 West Nyack Road, Suite 2. West Nyack, NY
    • 845-354-2121 ext.160
    • For people of all faiths
    • Assessment with therapist and development of treatment plan
    • Clinical therapy groups for young women- group for those 14-17 and 18-22.
    • Individual one-on-one therapy
    • Family therapy and support groups for friends and family of those with an eating disorder.

    Overeaters Anonymous at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

    • Contact: 845-216-0566
    • Wednesdays 7-8pm Hospital Conference Room #2 at Good Samaritan Hospital
    • Hotlines

    Eating Disorders Clinic at NYS Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center

    • Toll-free 24/7 information line: 877-669-2332

    National Eating Disorders Association

    • Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
    • Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm
    • Online chat

  • Suicide

    Suicide can be a hard topic to talk about. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year-olds and second for 24-35 year-olds. Many times teens and young people commit suicide to try to escape something that they don’t think they can deal with. These suicidal thoughts often affect depressed teens. They may feel as if there is no point in going on and that no one would care if they were gone.

    However, most teens who have had a suicide attempt are glad it did not work. There are ways to move on and use your feelings and what you might be going through to become even stronger. There are people to help you and who care about you greatly, such as your parents, friends, siblings, or boyfriend or girlfriend. Look through the resources in this section to read up on ways to understand your feelings, help and identify suicidal behavior in others, and seek help for yourself if you are feeling this way.

    If you are in immediate danger of harming yourself, get help now below:

    Additional help for you:

    Make a Safety Plan for when you are facing a suicidal crisis:

    Are You Thinking of Killing Yourself? -Speak of Suicide

    If you are feeling suicidal, get help now. Here are some 24/7 hotlines and services to help you talk through your crisis. They can help greatly. You can also call 911 if you are in immediate danger of harming yourself. For ongoing support, contact one of these counseling resources who can help you and lead you to further care.

    Rockland Paramedic Services Behavioral Health Response Team- Emergency Mental Health Service

    • 845-517-0400
    • Toll-Free: 844-255-2478
    • Provides an immediate response for crisis help for those experience suicidal thoughts or ideations, serious mental illness, anxiety or depression, or emotional trauma.
    • Available 24/7

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-

    • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Will connect you with a trained counselor in the area who will listen to your problem and tell you about nearby services that may help
    • Available 24/7
    • Can help you with any type of problem, not just suicidal thoughts
    • Confidential and free
    • For Spanish speaking:1-800-628-9454

    The Trevor Project LGBTQ Lifeline

    • 866-488-7386
    • For LGBTQ teens who may be struggling with problems and thoughts of suicide. Will connect you with a trained volunteer.

    TrevorChat

    • Online chat service to serve LGBTQ teens who want to talk.
    • Available 7 days a week from 3pm-9pm ET
    • TrevorText- Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
    • Available on Fridays 4pm-8pm ET

    The Hopeline

    • 1-800-394-HOPE (4673)
    • Talk to a HopeCoach about suicidal feelings or anything else you want to talk about
    • 24/7 online chat. You can also sign up for a free email mentor who you can speak with continuously: http://www.thehopeline.com/gethelp/

    Know the Warning Signs -Youth Suicide Prevention Program

    When a Friend Dies by Suicide -Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

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