If 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. When they are no longer in immediate danger, the next step is to seek out mental and emotional support.
Each child whose life is affected by abuse or neglect will react differently to the trauma. Some may have long-term effects that follow them throughout their development while others may be able to cope and move past the abuse. There is no right or wrong response to childhood abuse and neglect, but there are many local resources available to help children heal and move forward.
School settings can be one place where the need for mental health consultation and/or treatment services is observed. Use the Stark County Schools Mental Health Directory for more information.
If you suspect someone you know may be experiencing abuse in Stark County, report your concerns to a trusted adult. Guidance counselors and school administrators are a great line of defense along with pediatricians and mental health professionals.
For urgent concerns about a child’s safety, call the child protective services hotline right away. All calls are free and confidential, and referral specialists are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.