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The pandemic has taken a heavy emotional toll. If you find yourself struggling, there are resources.

July 14, 2021 – FYI

Thank you, Juneau, for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. It’s been a rough 16 months and we’re on the upswing. But many are still feeling the mental effects of the past difficult months. A third of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in the U.S. were diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric disorder, and 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety and depression in the past year. The pandemic has taken a heavy emotional toll on all of us.

If you find yourself struggling, you are not alone. Your mental health matters; please consider reaching out to one of these resources that can help get you through:

  • Bartlett Regional Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient mental health services bartletthospital.org/services/mental-health-unit. For immediate care, the Emergency Department at Bartlett is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 796-8427.
  • NAMI Juneau (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides quality education, support, and advocacy to help individuals and families affected by mental illness build better lives. Call 463-4251 or go to namijuneau.org.
  • JAHMI Health & Wellness provides mental health treatment services, including 24/7 crisis response. Call 463-3303 or go to jamhihealthandwellness.org.
  • Juneau Mental Health website offers the Juneau Mental Health Directory, including a list of private psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists. Go to juneaumentalhealth.org.

Resources specifically for youth and teens:

  • Zach Gordon Youth Center serves as a home away from home for youth, offering a number of drop-in services, programs for youth and teens, and family support services. Call 586-2635.
  • Juneau Youth Services is a comprehensive behavioral health provider for children and youth, and their families. Call 789-7610 or go to jys.org.
  • Teen Health Center offers convenient, confidential, and free health services, including behavioral health counseling. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and school closure, virtual appointments and limited offsite services at Zach Gordon Youth Center are available. Call 523-1634 to schedule an appointment. Counselors are available to meet by text, phone, or zoom. juneauteenhealthcenter.weebly.com.
  • Juneau Mental Health website offers the Juneau Mental Health Directory, including a list of private psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists who offer services for youth. Go to juneaumentalhealth.org.

Crisis helplines:

  • JAMHI 463-3303 or 855-463-3303 Connect with an Emergency Services Clinician; JAMHI provides 24/7 on-call response with immediate screening and crisis intervention for mental health emergencies.
  • SEARHC Helpline 1-877-294-0074 Available 24/7 to residents of Southeast Alaska
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital Emergency Department 796-8427 Available 24/7
  • AWARE 586-1090 or 1-800-478-1090 A 24/7 confidential crisis line
  • Alaska Careline 1-877-266-4357 or text 4help to 839863
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.