Recent research indicates teens see mental health as a bigger concern than bullying or substance abuse. The Corner Health Center has increased mental health care services and recently brought its waiting list to near zero. Young people looking for services can call 734-484-3600 or visit www.cornerhealth.org.
“The Corner and other organizations are doing a great job in increasing access to mental health services, but we need much more to meet this crisis,” said Ellen Rabinowitz, MUP, Health Officer for Washtenaw County Health Department and Executive Director for Washtenaw Health Plan.
Rabinowitz recently presented at the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti on the state of youth health in Washtenaw County. She cited one of the largest concerns for local youth is access to mental health services and noted suicide completions have gone up in Washtenaw County. Other key concerns include increased use of opioids, and high infant mortality and low birth weights among African American babies.
Versell Smith, Executive Director adds that mental health is a priority at the Corner: “We’ve taken important steps to increase mental health services. But we know there are youth out there who haven’t yet asked for help, and we need to be ready.”
Karyn Baker, Behavioral Health Manager at the Corner, explained the Corner has implemented an intern program for students getting their Masters in Social Work (MSW). “Their first semester, they shadow me in therapy sessions, and in their second semester, I shadow them in therapy sessions they lead. I’m able to provide feedback, and even step in if needed for the patient. By their third semester, they are able to take on their own patients within our clinic and under our supervision.”
Smith further explains, “This intern process not only provides more therapy resources for our patients, it also gives important training to these students on the best practices for treating this age group.”
For more information, or to make an appointment at the Corner, call 734-484-3600 or visit www.cornerhealth.org.