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SPECIAL REPORT: Local experts working to lower America's men

SPECIAL REPORT: Local experts working to lower America's mental health crisis

Posted: Fri Feb 09 09:47:24 PST 2018
Updated: Fri Feb 09 09:47:24 PST 2018

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>> one in five kids suffer from a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. america's youngest are facing a mental health cris and it's worrying experts. >> news 18's demie johnson looked into how some local programs are trying to change statistics. demie where do experts say this problem comes from? #@pinpointing one cause for an increase in attempted and completed suicides isn't realistic. because there are multiple reasons young people are struggling with their mental health. but there's truth in the numbers. indiana ranks second in the nation for most attempted suicides by teenagers... ...a statistic teenagers... ...a statistic experts in tippecanoe county are working to low. what does depression feel like? will miller: "you can't handle it yourself...you just can't do it." or look like? will miller: "you get to that place, you are so isolated and that's the operative word with depression is isolation." many would agree, it's not easy to understand. will miller: "there's psychiatry, there's medical physicians, there's social workers, there's psychologists." licensed therapist, will miller says that makes getting help, even harder. so what do we do with depression in america? will miller: "you get medication and these medications are amazing...a lot of them really are and what they do is working on the brain, they either kind of like lift your mood or if you have anxiety, lower your mood so you can function...but when you put the word function in there, what is your life and what is your lifestyle?" director of education at mental health america, karla courtney works with teenagers regularly. and in her experience, most of them just want to talk. karla courtney: "a lot ofhem are telling me that their parents just aren't open to that whether it's because of the stigma they saw with mental health growing up or you know...i just don't know, i don't really know what leads parents to be that way it's before my time but kids want to talk."courtney says more calls are coming in from younger and younger people. karla courtney: "we're seeing kind of a mental health cris, there's not enough providers to meet the demand of people who are accessing services and that doesn't include all the people who aren't accessing services." so they came up with a way to be there 24/7. tenecia pyle:"we really want to meet teens where they're at in their preferred method of communication which is texting." tenecia pyle helped start the safe to text initiative.the program has been around for a little more than a month. and the response speaks volumes to how the issue is affecting kids locally. tenecia pyle "we've had 171 text conversations that have come through and just 117 this month alone, so there's defintely teens that are using it the more the information gets out the more the teens are accessing the services" 20% of people ages 13 to 18 in america live with a mental health condition. there are about 15 million 10 to 24 yos living in america. suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people in that age group.20% of those 15 million people - about 3 million - are ever diagnosed and receive treatment.karla courtney: "people are super judgemental they don't understand mental illness." will miller:"we've underestimated and failed to calculate the social and psychological impact of that in moving us to more isolation." isolation that far too often results in tragedy. will miller :"you'll hear frequently that as tragic as the event is, they could see it coming in a way, intimates could see it coming." staff at mental health america say they're continuing to implement ways to make getting help easier.if mental health is impacting your life, people are standing by right now who want to help.if you look at your screen now you'll find the numbers to two services they provide. volunteers are working 24 hours a day to answer your calls and texts. those numbers and additional resources are in this story on wlfi.com. demie johnson, news 18.