Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) – The holidays are a time of joy and celebration for many. But it can be difficult to navigate for those who are experiencing loss or facing challenges.
That’s why mental health experts want people to be aware of what resources are available if they need them.
Linda Jax has been with Concord Consulting Services for the past 34 years. She says it’s important for people to know what resources are available this holiday season.
Jakes says some of the options for people this holiday if they need mental health services are chat counselors and crisis line options by calling or texting. .
“This is unprecedented – the number of calls we typically receive during a given day has tripled this year,” she explained.
Jax added that their squad is down about 20 people at the moment, and their career is also experiencing a shortage.
Crisis line and chat that says they are good ways to get directed to services even if there is a waiting list.
“The emotional support line – to help you through that time so you can come in and see someone’s face is really helpful.”
Jax explains that the pandemic has been a trigger for a lot of people, whether it’s because of the loss of a loved one, a job, stress, or any number of things.
At a press conference on December 8, city leaders also spoke about the violence the city has faced in 2021 and the record number of murders.
“There will be empty chairs in our community this Christmas,” said Director of Public Safety Robert Clark.
Jax says it’s time to check on family and friends. Ask them how they are doing and if they need help.
She says if there’s been a positive side to the pandemic, it’s that people are more open to discussing mental health.
“It’s great that people are willing to consider how they manage their mental health the same way they manage every other part of their body.”
Again, there is a hotline available with several ways to get in touch.
Below is a list of emergency/crisis numbers and more information to assist with Concord Counselling Services.
- Access Netcare: 614-276-2273
- Suicide Prevention Hotline: 614-221-5445
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Crisis text line: text 4hope to 741741
- Poison Control Hotline: 800-222-1222
- Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.