Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox County

As summer rolls arounds, kids spend more time at the house and less time out and about, especially on their phones, tablets, and video games. Of course electronics can be beneficial for keeping kids connected with their friends during the summer, but it shouldn’t prevent them from going out and connecting with kids in their neighborhood or other local area. With access to social media, it can also greatly effect not only kids, but teenager and adults mental health. On social media, everyone always shows their best side, making it difficult to not compare yourself and life to theirs. Most of social media is fake, which can be hard to differentiate but if you keep that in the back of your mind while enjoying a scroll on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok it can help to prevent comparison. Limiting your use on social media and going out and enjoying a walk through your neighborhood, reading on the porch, or a car ride with friends can also help prevent comparison and assist in avoiding a feeling of loneliness or not feeling good enough.

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox County is a program offered throughout all of Ohio that offers connections to resources. They themselves do not offer treatments but the work with the local communities to make sure proper resources are available for those who are in need and make sure they can get connected with programs. Some local resources in Knox County the program can connect you with are Licking Alcoholism Prevention Program, Mental Health America of Licking County, Pathways of Central Ohio Serving Licking and Knox Counties, The Woodlands, and of course many other programs that can be found on their website at https://www.mhrlk.org/. Reaching out is important and if you are feeling alone or feel like you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis the 24 hour suicide crisis and text line is 988 and for kids facing a crisis the 211 line is available 24 hours as well.

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