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Important local resources and information
Related and useful mental health links prepared by Minisink Valley School District mental health and counseling professionals
Crisis Text Line: A free, anonymous, text-based support network that’s available 24/7. You simply text “Got5” to 741-741 to start a texting conversation with a trained crisis counselor who can help you get through a difficult moment.
In crisis? Call 988
The federal government has established the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for those going through a mental health crisis, suicidal crisis or substance use issue.
Dialing 988 will connect the caller with a network of more than 200 trained mental health professionals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This service is free and confidential.
The 988 service was launched in July 2022, a step in transforming the crisis care system in the country. It operates through what was formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 988 offers round-the-clock access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress, including:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any emotional distress
People can call or text 988 or visit 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 Frequently Asked Questions
- 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting those experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis with trained crisis counselors.
- Access is available through every land line, cell phone, and voice-over internet device in the United States and call services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 150 languages.
- The 988 dialing code is available for call, text, and chat starting on July 16, 2022. The previous 1-800-273-8255 number will continue to function even after the transition.
CLICK HERE to learn about and register for important and helpful local community mental health programs taking place!
The Orange County Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), also known as “Orange NAMI” Visit this site often to learn about useful information and local community programs and workshops for families and caregivers with loved ones experiencing mental health challenges
Counselor’s Bulletin Board #MVMade
Federally Qualified Health Centers can provide an array of services on a sliding fee scale.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Alliance for Mental Illness
New York State Department of Health
New York State Department of Education
New York State Office of Mental Health
Orange County Department of Health
Orange County Department of Mental Health
The Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting
In response to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde Texas, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, educators, and communities navigate what they are seeing and hearing, acknowledge their feelings, and find ways to cope together. These resources include:
- Talking to children about the shooting
- Tip for talking to students about violence
- Coping after mass violence
- Helping school-aged children with traumatic grief
- Talking to children about death and attending services
- After a crisis: Helping young children heal
- Age-related reaction to a traumatic event
- Once I was very scared