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  • Mental health services for teens & young adults
    With 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.
    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • Money Management
            Many young adults who are just starting out are not experienced in setting a budget or navigating major financial decisions. They may not know who to ask or where to turn to learn effective ways to manage their money. No matter the situation, help is available. Find community resources that offer workshops and counseling programs to put you on the path toward greater financial stability.
            • Mental health screening
              If 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.
              • Preparing for a child custody case

                If this is your first experience in the Stark County court system, it may be helpful to understand what typically happens in a child custody case. It is important to know the etiquette, expectations and processes so you can advocate for your parental rights.

                • LGBTQ+: young adults

                  Just like anyone else, LGBTQ+ teens undergo a variety of lifestyle changes on their path to adulthood. They face new challenges, from living independently and finding a job to evolving relationships. However, emerging LGBTQ+ adults often find that coming out and coming into their own is an additional source of stress. Learn about the local programs and services available to support these local young people as they develop new coping resources and strategies.

                  • 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.

                    • Stress management
                      Stress 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.
                      • Trauma: youth & teens

                        Most people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Whether it is a natural disaster, exposure to violence or abuse, or the death of a loved one, a person’s ability to cope with these experiences can have a lasting effect. When a teen experiences trauma, they may respond differently than a younger child or an adult. Find local resources to help support young people who have gone through trauma and their traumatic stress in Stark County.

                        • What to expect as an adult in the criminal justice system
                          Young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system as minors will experience a different system as adults. While they retain the right to an attorney and privilege against self-incrimination (among others), the juvenile court system focuses more on rehabilitation and usually offers reduced sentencing options.
                          • Breaking free of a gang
                            While being part of a gang is dangerous, escaping from a gang family may be even more so. Gangs typically don’t want members to leave because there’s a fear of betrayal – that they’ll expose what they know to law enforcement or even a rival gang. While getting out of gang life isn’t easy, it is possible with persistence, support and the right resources.
                            • Employment assistance

                              In Stark County, publicly-funded employment services are available to local job seekers who meet set income requirements. Support is also offered for employers and small businesses to help offset hiring costs, so they can expand their workforce with eligible employees. Learn about available community-based work programs and find out if you qualify today.

                              • You are not alone
                                Growing 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.
                                • Seeking treatment
                                  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 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.
                                  • Resiliency
                                    When 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.

                                      • Developmental markers to look for
                                        How a child responds to and interacts with the world around them gives clues to their developmental progress. When a child doesn’t meet development milestones in a range typical of their peers, it may indicate a difference in their growth. Find resources to contact if you think your child is showing signs of a cognitive or physical disability.
                                        • Effects of traumatic stress
                                          There 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.
                                          • Mental & emotional support: childhood abuse & neglect
                                            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. Help young survivors of abuse find the counseling services they need to start the journey toward recovery.
                                            • LGBTQ+ bullying
                                              Bullying can have lasting negative effects on LGBTQ+ youth. It can cause anxiety and depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, substance use and even thoughts of suicide. Young people who are being bullied should seek out adult allies who are safe and confident. Adults who display rainbows in their offices, wear pins to show their support, or have Safe Zone stickers are likely good places to turn.
                                              • Military education services
                                                The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers military and veterans access to various educational assistance programs that are aligned with their career interests and goals. They can choose to pursue a college degree via the GI Bill, enroll in online correspondence courses or explore on-the-job training options.
                                                • Gambling addiction recovery
                                                  Whether for entertainment, quick cash or to impress their friends, teens in Stark County gamble for many different reasons. Sometimes they’ve had an early experience with a frequent gambler. Other times, financial necessity causes them to look for money anywhere they can. No matter how the gambling behaviors start, they often stem from a deeper issue that can be addressed through counseling and support.
                                                  • LGBTQ+: youth & teens

                                                    During adolescence, many young people are exploring their sexual identity, gender identity and gender expression. While this can be an exciting time, the process of self-discovery can also be extremely stressful. Fear of being different, along with cultural and peer pressures, may cause teens to question their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. Find local resources to help support these young people in their pursuit of acceptance and understanding.

                                                    • 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.

                                                      • 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.

                                                        • Criminal & juvenile justice: youth & teens

                                                          Teens accused of delinquent acts are typically processed through the Stark County Family Court. Rehabilitation is the primary goal for the juvenile justice system, with a focus on establishing positive behaviors and effective life strategies. Discover juvenile justice resources right here in Stark County that can help youth achieve positive goals, navigate the justice system and avoid future crimes.

                                                          • High school equivalence
                                                            Nontraditional students who have not received a high school diploma can pursue similar credit through a High School Equivalence Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Equivalency Development (GED) program. These courses allow students to apply for jobs or pursue a college degree that would otherwise require a high school diploma.
                                                            • Bullying

                                                              Unfortunately, many young people are victims of bullying. This can be a written, verbal or physical act that is threatening, intimidating or abusive. Often bullying is repeatedly carried out by one student toward another and causes emotional or physical harm. This behavior can also occur online through videos, blogs and social media. If you or someone you know is being bullied, contact your school counselor or a trusted adult right away or seek help from another local resource.

                                                              • 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.

                                                                • LGBTQ+ mental health
                                                                  Bullying, 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 & emotional support: domestic violence
                                                                  The 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.
                                                                  • 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.

                                                                    • Trauma: young adults

                                                                      When a young person’s safety and well-being is threatened, it can have negative effects for a lifetime. It’s often more challenging for a young adult to cope with such events because they’re also dealing with other significant challenges, including personal relationships and living independently for the first time. Whether sudden or long-lasting, these experiences can leave a young person confused, angry or anxious. Find local resources to support these emerging adults through traumatic events.

                                                                      • Substance use treatment centers
                                                                        There are many quality, supportive treatment centers in Stark County for people who are struggling or have struggled with substance use. Whether you are in need of detox services, clinical care or community-based treatment, help is available. Find local treatment and recovery centers near you, as well as helpful resources to support you through the process.
                                                                        • If you witness bullying

                                                                          While it may be easier to wait for someone else to take action, stepping up to report bullying could be an important way to prevent future harm. If someone you care about is being bullied or is bullying others, there are steps you can take to intervene. Together, we can help put an end to bullying in Stark County. 

                                                                          • Domestic abuse survivors

                                                                            If you or someone you know has suffered from or witnessed violence in the home, it is important to remember that you are not in this alone. There are numerous resources throughout Stark County that are committed to providing survivors of domestic violence with confidential support, treatment, education and empowerment.

                                                                            • 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.

                                                                              • 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.

                                                                                • Important phone numbers & textline
                                                                                  Whether you are struggling with substance use, domestic or gang violence or negative peer influence, free and confidential support is available 24 hours a day. It’s important to know you’re not alone and the right treatment could be just a conversation away.
                                                                                  • Abuse & neglect: youth & teens

                                                                                    Today, teens have rates of abuse and neglect that are as high as or higher than those of young children. To make matters worse, this abuse often comes from the hands of family members – the very people responsible for keeping them safe. Teenagers are often more vulnerable than they let on, masking the internal turmoil they’re experiencing. Find local programs helping to support these young people on their path toward understanding and recovery.

                                                                                    • Employment opportunities for military and veterans
                                                                                      Members of the armed services offer great value to the workforce. Yet many transitioning to civilian life may need support to find a job. If you’re a veteran who needs direction, taking advantage of local skills training and job placement programs can prepare you for rewarding a career.
                                                                                      • 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.

                                                                                        • 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.

                                                                                          • Suicide warning signs

                                                                                            To raise awareness and help save the lives of those thinking about suicide, it is important to understand and recognize the warning signs. Suicide is preventable, and we all play an important role. Learn how to identify the signs, start a dialogue and take action.

                                                                                            • Alcohol & other drug services

                                                                                              Substance use is one of the contributing risk factors that may increase the risk of suicide. Fortunately, substance use is treatable, and recovery is possible. The road to a healthy and hopeful future often starts with professional prevention and intervention services, and resources are available here in Stark County.

                                                                                              • Safety plans
                                                                                                For individuals in Stark County who are planning to leave or have recently left a violent relationship, a safety plan is a helpful tool.
                                                                                                • Mental health service providers

                                                                                                  For Stark County families to grow stronger and healthier, it is important that everyone has 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.

                                                                                                  • Developmental disabilities: young adults

                                                                                                    The journey to adulthood can be challenging for anyone, and especially for young people with developmental disabilities. From securing employment and managing health care responsibilities to finding accessible housing and transportation, there is a lot to learn to ensure a smooth transition. To plan for success in the adult world, community resources are available. Learn about the advocates and supporters helping to empower young adults with disabilities in Stark County, Ohio.

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