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- Mental health resources
Are you ready to seek treatment for a mental health condition? We know there are many reasons why reaching out for support might not be the easiest choice. But we also know it’s one of the best decisions you can make for your emotional wellness. And now there are alternatives to meeting with a counselor in person! Telehealth is now available for virtual mental health support.
If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of sadness or hopelessness,
- Mental health: early childhood
We all wonder and worry about our children, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between normal tantrums and the signs of a more serious behavioral problem. If you think your child’s thoughts or emotions might call for attention, your next move should be to consult a mental health professional. Start with a developmental pediatrician or community behavioral health resource to voice your concerns.
- Mental health: childhood
Healthy minds are the building blocks for strong family foundations. For children whose parents are affected with mental health issues, or for children with their own mental health challenges, help is available here in Stark County. Find local resources, organizations and support groups dedicated to lifting up families touched by mental illness.
- Mental health: youth & teens
When it comes to teenage behavior, it can be difficult to distinguish angst and mood swings from deep emotional turmoil. Learn where and how to report a problem if you believe you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness. There are many Stark County organizations dedicated to supporting young people in their journeys toward hope and recovery.
- Mental health: young adults
Teens and young adults who have diagnosable mental illnesses may have difficulty managing daily life functions, including securing housing, employment and education without assistance. Fortunately, Stark County has many mental health and independent living programs available to help support young people as they transition to adulthood.
- Mental health & addictionIt is common for people who struggle with substance use to also receive mental health services. Those who have been through trauma or experience anxiety or depression may turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. Fortunately, community programs are available to help these individuals find healthy ways to heal and move forward.
- Seeking treatmentAre you ready to seek treatment for a mental health condition? We know there are many reasons why reaching out for support might not be the easiest choice. But we also know seeking treatment is one of the best decisions you can make for your hope, health and recovery. Find mental health resources and support services available here in Stark County.
- Mental health screeningIf you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health services, an interactive online screening is a good place to start. This quick and easy quiz can help determine if professional mental health support is the right fit for your needs. All responses are confidential and anonymous, and can help connect you with helpful community programs, organizations and resources.
- Early childhood mental health services
It’s never too early to think about children’s mental health. For women who are pregnant or parents who have young babies at home, community resources are available in Stark County to support their children’s emotional development.
Early childhood mental health is measured by a child’s behavioral well-being, including the capacity to express themselves, form relationships and learn. A baby’s caregiving arrangements, nutrition, safety and physical characteristics all have an impact on their behavioral development.
- Childhood mental health services
In some instances, a child who has experienced trauma or another mental health challenge may struggle to cope as they get older. If your child seems to be battling feelings of hopelessness, sadness or difficult behaviors, consider seeking the help of a mental health provider in Stark County.
You can ask your child’s pediatrician for referrals and guidance throughout the process of seeking services. This may include direct counseling for the child or family and community-based treatment.
- Mental health services for teens & young adultsWith the support of local service providers and community advocates, many teens and young adults can learn to support their mental health and go on to live full, enriching lives. Therapy, group counseling and prescription medications are just some of the ways young people in Stark County can learn to cope with a mental health condition.
- Mental health medication
Often the cost of therapy or prescription drugs has been known to deter young people from getting the help they need. Find information about common mental health medications as well as resources to help pay for mental health treatment. Local service providers and family physicians may also have information about low-cost recovery resources.
- Mental health medical appointments & services
If you think your child may need mental health treatment, discussing your concerns can help you determine next steps. Talk with local pediatricians, counselors or behavioral health specialists for insight, solutions and information about your options. Affordable resources for medical and mental health services are available near you.
- Mental health service providers
For Stark County families to grow stronger and healthier, it is important that all children, teens and young adults have the support they need to maintain their emotional well-being. There are hundreds of mental health, substance use and trauma recovery resources available here in Stark County, including individual, family and faith-based services.
Addressing the mental health needs of our area’s children can help support their success at home, in school and throughout the community.
- LGBTQ+ mental healthBullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on an LGBTQ+ teen’s mental health. In fact, research shows that LGBTQ+ youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.
- Youth & Teens (Ages 11 - 17)
- Mental health signs to look for: early childhoodSometimes without warning, a child’s behavior takes a noticeable change for the worse. If they become unusually sad or suddenly disruptive, it may be difficult to determine if it’s just a phase or a symptom of something more serious. Understanding the warning signs of a significant emotional issue can help you decide when to seek professional help.
- Mental health signs to look for: teens & young adults
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between normal feelings of sadness and stress and the warning signs of mental health issues in teens. Learn what to look for if you think you or someone you know might benefit from mental health support services. Programs, organizations and support resources are available here in Stark County.
- There is No Health Without Mental HealthMental health in an important part of your overall health – it’s not just physical health. Learn more and get Stark County resources on mental health.
- Mental Health Month: Ways to Stop the StigmaFind out how to promote understanding, increase opportunities for help and improve the lives of those facing mental health conditions in Stark County.
- Mental health recovery & support groups
In Stark County, mental health support groups provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment to talk and listen. These sessions help attendees find understanding and reassurance from peers in similar situations, while offering different perspectives, ideas and viewpoints. Find schedules and contact information for support groups near you.
- First episode of psychosisThe first time you experience a break in your perceptions or sense of reality, it can be frightening and difficult to understand. This early stage of psychosis can happen to people of all ages, and is the most critical time to seek treatment from a trusted mental health provider. Learn ways to identify the first episode of psychosis and find service providers in Stark County you can turn to for support.
- Mental health & addiction advocacy
For people with mental illnesses or addictions, it is important to speak up and spread awareness. Not only does this build a healthier sense of self, it could help eliminate the stigma, bring important issues to light and put an end to discrimination. Find tips and strategies for self-advocating in Stark County.
- Educational accommodations for mental health
It is essential for schools and mental health providers to coordinate education services to support students both academically and emotionally. These educational accommodations might include case management, specialized classroom instruction, counseling and crisis intervention. Learn about the mental health services offered for students in Stark County school districts.
- Developmental disabilities & mental health
Young people with developmental disabilities are at a much higher risk for also experiencing mental health challenges. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for these children, teens and young adults to get the support they need. They may have trouble communicating their symptoms and behaviors are often falsely attributed to their disabilities. As a result, co-occurring conditions can cause significant strain on parents and guardians who may not know the best ways to seek treatment for their loved ones.
- Mental health signs to look for: childhood
A child’s mental health challenges can be difficult for parents to recognize. This often means that children who could benefit from behavioral support services don’t receive the help they need. Learn about some of the most common warning signs of mental illness in children as well as strategies to cope, heal and move forward.
- Introducing the Stark County Mindfulness WalkStarkMHAR & Stark Parks partnered to create a 1-mile Mindfulness Walk with activities to promote mental health & self-care while enjoying nature.
- How to Build Your Self-EsteemLow self-esteem can affect many aspects of your life. Feel like you could improve your self-esteem? Here are some ways to start loving yourself more.
- Paying for mental health & addiction services
Your ability to pay for services should never be a barrier to seeking the help you need. Even if you do not have access to insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or another medical care payment method, you are still encouraged to seek support. Financial help may be available based on your income and other factors.
- Mental Health Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic
This year, we’ve faced a pandemic unlike anything in our lifetimes. As we get closer to a vaccine for coronavirus, many people in Stark County are still feeling the stressful effects. Fortunately, the stress response is normal during a crisis.
Are you looking for ways to manage feelings of stress and anxiety? Here are some common questions we have received related to mental health, coping with COVID-19 in the community,
- You’re Not a Bad Parent if Your Child Needs Support for their Mental HealthIf your child comes to you with an issue that may be impacting their mental health, you might feel guilty. However, they simply need your support.
- Improve Family Dialogs with StarkMHAR Conversation Cards
Once your family is seated around the dinner table, the typical conversation starter is: “So, how was your day?”
And the typical answer? “Fine.”
Getting your child to say anything more can be a lot of work.
But what if you stopped thinking of the child’s attitude as the problem, and started with the question? What if there were some truly interesting questions you could ask your family? And what if they were excited to think about them and answer?
- Being Kind to Others & Yourself Can Improve Your Mental HealthKindness is linked to mental health. And we sure could use more of it during the pandemic. Here are simple ways to add more kindness into your life.
- Telehealth is here!Whether you are new to professional mental health support or have been in treatment before, telethealth is here to help.
- Traumatic early childhood eventsTrauma is a person’s response to a scary and threatening event. If you suspect a child has experienced a traumatic event, reach out for support from local Stark County resources.
- Trauma recovery & support groups
Whether you are caring for a loved one who has been affected by a traumatic experience or you are struggling with trauma yourself, the right support group can make all the difference during this challenging time. Find local trauma recovery and support groups available for individuals and families in Stark County.
- 3 Reasons Why Nature is Good for Your Mental Health
During the pandemic, everyone seemed to realize the importance of getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Think about how much lighter you feel after taking your dog for a walk. Or how energized your mind is after a hike in the woods. Or even consider the boost you get from a warm, sunshine-filled day. It should be no secret how nature helps our mental health.
Let’s explore just a few of the ways nature and mental health are connected.
- Emotional child abuseAlthough emotional abuse hurts just as much as physical abuse, it can be harder to identify. Emotional child abuse could be excessive demands, grueling punishments or constant criticism. Find programs and services dedicated to supporting children in Stark County who are struggling with emotional abuse.
- Mental & emotional support: domestic violenceThe emotional damage associated with domestic violence and abuse often outlasts the physical impact. So, for those transitioning from victim to survivor, the aftermath often includes ongoing mental trauma and emotional stress. Remember, recovery looks different for everyone, so you have to take the time to discover what works best for you.
- Mental & emotional support for traumaRecovering from a traumatic event isn’t easy. Discovering and developing resiliency and coping skills may be easier with the help of a mental health professional.
- Aging out: emotional & mental health support
Children who are part of the foster care system in Stark County will eventually reach the age of 18 and age out of the program. Just like anyone else, these young adults may have medical and mental health care needs. But unlike other young people, once they age out of foster care, they no longer have the same financial and emotional backing at home.
Unfortunately, these young people rarely receive the emotional and behavioral health services they need because of a lack of insurance and family support.
- Drop-in center
The Make-A-Way drop-in center offers free social and informational activities for individuals affected by mental health challenges. Through self-advocacy and peer support, you can share your experiences, build up your confidence and regain your sense of self. Find contact information and stop by today.
- Counseling helpsWithout treatment, mental health symptoms can worsen over time and have a significant impact on an individual’s relationships, career and self-esteem. Working with a professional counselor can help you open up about your feelings and get on a healthy track toward mental health and recovery. Find counseling resources available to support young people in Stark County.
- Trauma: childhood
When children are exposed to violence, abuse or even natural disasters, their confidence is shaken, and their view of the world can be altered. A child’s psychological and physical response to these events can have long-lasting implications for their success in school, their personal relationships and their behavior. Find local resources and childhood counseling to support children who have experienced trauma in Stark County.
- Trauma: early childhood
When a child experiences trauma, it often impacts the entire family and the community around them. These experiences can affect a child’s whole body and emotional well-being, and every child’s response to trauma is unique. Find mental health and counseling resources to help children and families cope with the effects of trauma here in Stark County.
- Pregnancy mental & emotional support
Pregnancy and parenthood is challenging at any age, and can be especially difficult for young parents. Find local mental health resources dedicated to supporting parents through a variety of functional challenges, including postpartum depression, stress management, relationship counseling and more.
- Eating disordersWhether stemming from behavioral challenges, societal pressures or an underlying mental health issue, eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, race, gender or background. They are just as dangerous as other illnesses, so it is important that these disorders are identified and treated right away. Find community resources available in Stark County to support you or a loved one who is struggling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating or another eating disorder.
- Grief & traumaYoung people who experience the loss of a loved one can have a strong emotional response that they don’t fully understand. Parents, educators and peer supporters can help teenagers and young adults manage the pain and discover ways to cope and recover. Find local resources available to support young people in Stark County as they deal with the effects of grief and trauma.
- Childhood counseling helpsA child may have trouble getting past a trauma. If your child continues to struggle with feelings of hopelessness, sadness or difficult behaviors, consider seeking the help of a mental health professional.
- Family & youth counseling
Family therapy can be a helpful tool to reduce household conflicts and concerns by encouraging more positive family interactions. Through open and honest dialogues, this method of group counseling can help set strong foundations for healthy minds and strong families. Find family and youth counseling resources here in Stark County.
- Depression & anxiety
Are you feeling down, withdrawn and disconnected? Everyone feels stressed and sad at times, but when these emotions are persistent and extreme, it may be time to seek help. Learn about the most common signs of depression and anxiety, and where to turn for professional support in Stark County.
- Neglect of teens & young adults
Although they are growing, developing and learning to live on their own, young people in Stark County still need ongoing care to meet their mental, emotional and physical needs. Attention and acceptance are critical for adolescents to maintain their self-esteem, succeed in school and avoid risky behaviors that could jeopardize their futures. Find local resources and support groups for young people as they cope with neglect.
- Medicaid & medical insuranceAll residents should have access to safe and effective health care, regardless of age or income. If you are a teen, young adult or the parent of a young child, affordable, quality care is within your reach. Get the medical, dental, prescription or mental health coverage you need for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
- Counseling for people in the armed servicesIt is not uncommon for members of the military to struggle with a range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury or addiction. Even after they are discharged, the process of transitioning out of military life presents its own unique challenges. In severe cases, some may even be at risk for harming themselves.
- Anxiety and Depression: A GlenOak High School ProductionWe partnered with GlenOak High School’s video production department for a video on anxiety and depression. Watch it now.
- HOPE Program Addresses Mental Health in Those on ProbationStark County’s HOPE Program is an alternative to prison for those who have a history of mental health issues and are involved in a probation offense.
- Emotional abuse recoveryAlthough emotional abuse hurts just as much as physical abuse, it does not have the same physical signs, and can be harder to identify. For young people in Stark County, abuse could be excessive demands, grueling punishments or constant criticism from parents and loved ones.
- Suicide prevention: youth & teens
Learn what you can do to support your friends, family and classmates who are hurting. Suicide is a leading cause of death for adolescents ages 10 to 24 and an unfortunate reality in our community. Together, we can help prevent teen suicide.
- Suicide prevention: young adults
The transition to adulthood is a time of significant changes and challenges. As you seek full-time employment, experience changes in your relationships and move toward independent living, life can feel overwhelming. No matter why you are hurting, it is important to remember you are not alone. Find mental health service providers and emotional support resources for young adults in Stark County.
- Abuse & neglect: young adults
No matter when it initially takes place, the effects of abuse often extend well into adulthood, significantly impacting a person’s physical and mental health. It is important for those who have struggled or are still dealing with the turmoil of abuse and neglect to get the help they need to move forward in a positive, healing direction. Find resources in Stark County dedicated to lifting up survivors of abuse and neglect.
- Suicide prevention for Stark County children, teens and young adultsIf someone you know is hurting, don’t stop encouraging them to seek support. There is a community rooting for them to keep going.
- Signs of peer pressure
No young person is completely immune from peer influence. While we hope most are able to resist the temptation to make harmful choices, that is not always the case. Seek help from school counselors or mental health professionals if you notice the following behaviors. They could be signs of peer pressure in teens.
- Stress managementStress impacts us all at one point or another, and everyone handles stress differently. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or experiencing severe stress over an extended period of time, consider reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance. Find tips and suggestions for coping with stress as well as local organizations that can help.
- You are not aloneGrowing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.
- ResiliencyWhen it feels like life has more downs than ups, Stark County organizations are available to help build resiliency. This important life skill can help young people bounce back from life’s challenges without the same risk for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions later in life. Get started with local mental health and resiliency resources today.
- Childhood resiliency
Childhood is often considered a happy, carefree time, but children are not always shielded from trauma and turmoil. From bullying and divorce to abuse and grief, kids can be exposed to many of life’s challenges. For these children, resiliency skills can help them discover ways to cope with difficult situations and move forward.
- Trauma for teens & young adultsWhen a young person loses a loved one, sees violence in their home, experiences abuse or witnesses a national tragedy, these are traumatic events that can have serious and long-term impacts. Without social support to understand and communicate their feelings, this trauma can manifest into guilt, shame and anxiety. Find resources to help teens and young adults in Stark County cope with trauma.
- Traumatic childhood events
Experiencing a hurricane, witnessing family abuse, the death of a loved one, a school shooting – these are just some examples of traumatic events that can have a long-term negative impact on a child. How a child recovers from such adversity can determine their future success in school and in how they relate to family and friends.
- Trauma counseling helps
For anyone who has experienced trauma, it is important to seek ongoing treatment with a mental health professional. Even if symptoms don’t appear right away, they can show up over time without the proactive support of compassionate counseling.
When symptoms do emerge and are left untreated, they can worsen over time and have a significant impact on a young person’s life. If you have experienced trauma and are unsure about the best ways to move forward,
- If someone you love is at risk
We all have an important role in the mission to end suicide. If you suspect someone you love is at risk, contact law enforcement, a national hotline or a mental health provider right away. Taking action could help prevent a tragedy and save a life. Reach out today for free, confidential guidance and support.
- Effects of traumatic stressThere is no single way to respond to trauma, and each person who is affected will cope and heal in their own ways. Learn how to identify the effects of trauma and find resources in Stark County to help you move forward in a positive direction.
- If you are being bulliedBullying can happen to anyone, and it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault. It can be emotional, like when someone uses unkind words or spreads rumors about you, or physical acts of fighting, tripping or hitting. When bullying happens online, it is considered cyberbullying. No matter how it happens, it is important that you report bullying to a trusted adult.
- Children with incarcerated parentsHaving a parent in prison can have a significant impact on a child’s mental and behavioral health. To help reduce the risk for negative outcomes, such as depression, substance use and criminal behavior, it is important for communities to wrap around children with incarcerated parents.
- Safety plansFor individuals in Stark County who are planning to leave or have recently left a violent relationship, a safety plan is a helpful tool.
- Emotional support: child custodyCustody cases can mean tough transitions for everyone involved – whether determining who the child will live with, what school district they will be enrolled in or where they will spend the holidays. With professional emotional support, you and your child can learn to cope, heal and support each other every step of the way.
- Mental & emotional support: childhood abuse & neglectIf you know a child that has experienced or is currently experiencing abuse or neglect, it is essential that they find a path to safety right away. Help young survivors of abuse find the counseling services they need to start the journey toward recovery.
- How school districts throughout Stark County are addressing safety concernsThe goal in Stark County is to keep every student safe. If students don’t feel safe, they’re not able to perform at their best academically.
- Aging out of foster care
For young people from 16 to 21 in Stark County, independent living services are available during the transition out of foster care. Specialists can help with the coordination of services to help facilitate a happy and healthy journey toward adulthood. Learn more about the social and support services available to teens and young adults in the Stark County foster system.
- Traumatic event resources
Traumatic events can have long-lasting and profound impacts on children and young adults. The emotional and behavioral repercussions can present right away or even years later. Recognizing the signs early can help a family cope in the aftermath of a tragedy.
- Immediate assistance
If you or someone you know is in crisis, it is important to seek help immediately. No matter if you’re struggling with depression, substance use, relationship problems or family turmoil, free and confidential support is available. You are not alone and talking to someone could help save a life.
Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery
Funding for mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Visit their website for more information about StarkMHAR.
Canton, OH 44702
Sunrise Vista Behavioral Health
At Sunrise Vista, we are capable of providing the medical needs associated with substance abuse disorders in individuals also experiencing mental health related symptoms as long as the individual has a primary mental health diagnosis.
Canton, OH 44714
Sky Witness Healing Arts
Mental health and psychiatric care in North Canton.
North Canton, OH 44720
NE Family Care Counseling Center
Professional, compassionate mental health and AOD services.
North Canton, OH 44720
The Gentle Shepherd Counseling Center
Licensed counselors treating and diagnosing mental health conditions.
North Canton, OH 44720
Family Care Counseling Center
A comprehensive mental health center for Stark County and surrounding areas.
North Canton, OH 44720
Building Blocks Counseling Center
Mental health and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services.
North Canton, OH 44720
Father Matthew Herttna Counseling Center
Mental health counseling and referrals available at the Walsh University campus.
North Canton, OH 44720
Summa Health Addiction Medicine Intensive Outpatient Program
Comprehensive evaluations and referrals for individuals with mental health and substance use problems.
Canton, OH 44718
Coleman Behavioral Health: Alliance Office
Evidence-based mental health and substance use recovery services to promote resiliency and healing.
Alliance, OH 44601
Summit Psychological Associates: Downtown Canton
Comprehensive mental health and substance use services for prevention, treatment and recovery.
Canton, OH 44703 Learn more
Summit Psychological Associates: North Canton
Comprehensive mental health and substance use services for prevention, treatment and recovery.
Canton, OH 44718
COMPASS Rape Crisis
Mental health counseling services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault.
Canton, OH 44707
Louis Stokes Canton VA Outpatient Clinic
A multi-specialty clinic that provides a range of health care and mental health services to veterans.
Canton, OH 44702
Heart Transactions Counseling Services, LLC
Supporting children, transitional youth and adults with mental health and general counseling services.
Canton, OH 44709
Kessler Psychological Services
Services for grief, trauma, LGBTQ+ support, stress management and general mental health.
Hartville, OH 44632
Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Services to reduce risk factors and increase resiliency:
- Case management
- Diagnostic mental health assessments
- Medication management
Canton, OH 44718
American Red Cross: Veterans
Connects veterans to community resources for mental health counseling, emergency assistance and job services.
Canton, OH 44707
Restoring Hope Counseling Services
Supporting Stark County families with quality mental health services in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Canton, OH 44714
Encompass Christian Counseling at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Offices throughout Stark County offering mental health counseling services from a Christian perspective.
Massillon, OH 44647