The Behavioral Health Division has continued to provide services throughout the COVID19 health crisis for residents of Stickney Township. Therapy sessions are offered by phone as well as virtually. We currently have limited in person services for existing clients.
Township residents interested in seeking services for the first time can schedule an intake appointment by calling (708) 237-8918.
We are following CDC guidelines including limiting occupancy, wearing masks, social distancing, and regular cleaning and sanitizing.
It's Important To Stay Connected
It is understandable that it may be challenging not to be anxious right now given the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic. Worries about our health and the health of family members can be unsettling. We may also feel a bit isolated due to the social distancing recommendations.
There are some things; however, that you can do to still stay connected with others. Using technology to connect is used by many people. A phone call to a friend or relative also helps. Maintaining a routine can be helpful, including maintaining your usual sleep schedule and exercising daily. Meditation and relaxation can also help with calming anxiety.
If you are experiencing continued difficulty implementing strategies to deal with anxiety, the Behavioral Health Division of Stickney Public Health District can offer support. We continue to offer phone support for our current consumers during this time. Residents of Stickney Township who are considering our services for the first time can contact us at 708-237-8918 for a brief consult with a therapist.
We provide individual, family, and couples therapy. Call 708-237-8918 to schedule an intake appointment.
The Behavioral Health Division Is An Ally Of LGBTQ Individuals
In one national survey, LGBT adults reported higher rates of discrimination compared to heterosexuals. This is one of the most understood causes of minority stress. The level of victimization and discrimination impacts both mental and physical health.
For example, one study showed an increased suicide risk, and another showed higher risks for some types of cancer.
LGBTQ youth are also exposed to many minority stressors, such as harassment and discrimination. The result is a strong risk factor for suicide and suicide attempts. Studies have found high rates of victimization among LGBTQ youth. In one nationwide survey, 84.6 percent of LGBTQ youth reported verbal harassment and 40 percent reported physical harassment. This can result in an increase in mental health problems.
Combating homophobic attitudes is the key to protecting LGBTQ youth. In addition, studies have also concluded that family acceptance, caring adults, and school safety promote health and well-being of LGBTQ youth.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Behavioral Health Division at (708)237-8918 for further information.