“NC sees disturbing trend in mental health issues, drug use during COVID-19 pandemic.” “North Carolina teens are at increased risk of suicide and depression, new survey suggests.” “‘Locked in this house’: Family speaks out after teen dies by suicide amid struggle to cope with pandemic.” The headlines continue to highlight the unforeseen and heartbreaking casualties of this pandemic we are living in. Jeff Kincaid Insurance Group is especially touched by those headlines involving children, depression, and COVID-19.
There is a disturbing trend in mental health issues as a direct result of this pandemic. In North Carolina, we are seeing that high school students are at a much greater risk of self-harm, suicidal ideation, depression, and bullying. What we know is that the mental health needs of our children are increasing and Jeff Kincaid Insurance is committed to stepping in. This coronavirus has taken a toll on the health and wellness of our community. We cannot stand by and watch. Our agency’s unwavering commitment to enduring the safety of our children is paramount. Learning the signs of suicide may be one of the most important lessons you learn this year.
We are passionate about raising awareness and supporting mental health initiatives for children and young adults, and then giving our customers, business partners…and anybody else that cares, the ability to help them and make an impact themselves. We will donate $10 towards our current Community Cause campaign for every single person that gets recommended to our agency for a quote.
The state says to use the S.C.O.O.P. Method to manage stress.
S — Stay connected to family and friends
C — Compassion for self and others
O — Observe use of substances
O — It’s OK to ask for help
P — Physical activity to improve mood
In addition to Alliance Health and Healing Transitions, WakeMed has a network for Advancing Behavioral Health.
There’s also the North Carolina Help Line for Mental Health which can be called at any time: 1 (855) 587-3463.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
NC Crisis Services – Find help for a mental health or substance use crisis in your county.
United Way NC 211 – Help finding emergency food, clothing, health care, shelter, and many other resources.
National Insititute of Mental Health (NIMH) – The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
LME/MCO Directory – These agencies are responsible for managing, coordinating, facilitating, and monitoring the provision of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services across the state.
Psychology Today – For help finding a therapist, psychiatrist, treatment center, etc.
National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association – The consumer organization representing the 23 million Americans who suffer from depression and manic-depression, also known as bipolar disorder.
NC Families United – Children/youth with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families will have a person-centered, family-driven system of care to ensure their independence, safety, happiness and success in their homes, school and community.
NC Child’s Medicaid Transformation Fact Sheet – Big changes are coming to NC Medicaid and Health Choice (CHIP). Families will have a new world of health care decisions to navigate. Here’s a new resource to help.