Helping Hands

Helping Hands: Can Help crisis intervention is a phone call away

June 25, 2014 

Centre County Can Help is the primary contracted Department of Public Welfare-licensed provider of mental health crisis intervention services in the county. Crisis intervention services are available to all individuals in our county 24 hours a day, every day, by calling Centre County Can Help at 800-643-5432.

Centre County Can Help is dedicated to the mental health wellness of everyone in the county. Crisis intervention services include telephone crisis counseling, walk-in crisis services at The Meadows, and mobile crisis intervention, in which a counselor will respond directly to the person to set up a face-to-face meeting. We provide immediate crisis de-escalation, supportive counseling, problem resolution, and referrals to mental health and human service agencies. Centre County Can Help counselors are experienced, well-trained, compassionate individuals who provide crisis counseling and support recovery for each person who calls.

“Most people think they should only call Centre County Can Help when they are in real trouble or need to go to the hospital. That’s not true.” crisis supervisor Amy Luse said. “We want people to call when they have any mental health need or are struggling. We want people call us any time for us to provide support and help them through their problems. the majority of our calls are not referred for hospitalization but are provided with counseling to support their recovery.”

Centre County Can Help provides support to people who are struggling with depression, anxiety or any mental health illness; and those feeling overwhelmed with life changes, school- and peer-related problems, relationship issues and thoughts of suicide are encouraged to call. Can Help Counselors receive intensive education and training on how to help a person who is struggling with thoughts of suicide.

“We know how to assess for risk, what to do and how to intervene immediately when a person is expressing thoughts of suicide,” Luse said.

Can Help is actively involved in the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the community’s suicide-prevention efforts.

Centre County Can Help provides community education and will make a presentation to any organization that requests education. Can Help representatives regularly speak to senior citizen centers, youth service organizations, schools, human service agencies and mental health providers about the risks and warning signs of suicide as well as a variety of topics relating to how to help a person who is in crisis.

Centre County Can Help is here to listen and provide supportive crisis services to anyone who needs a helping hands. Call 800-643-5432 — any time, every day. A phone call can make a difference.

Shanon Quick is director of crisis intervention services at Centre County Can Help.

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