This is offered in light of the death of London McCabe, 6, Monday evening, as his very troubled mother, who was hearing voices in her head, threw him to his death off the Yaquina Bay Bridge.
In light of the recent tragedy in Newport, I have been thinking a lot lately about mental health awareness. I wonder what may have happened differently if that struggling mom had the emotional and mental support she greatly needed, would such a beautiful young life have been saved?
A lot of people out there, myself included, struggle with mental illness from time to time. I’m learning that it’s a pretty normal fact of life – at times things get overwhelming, and sometimes all we need is a kind heart and listening ear on our side. And when that’s not enough, a qualified mental health professional is able to get a person the real help that is needed – access to regular medication and doctor appointments, or even in-patient care if required. There’s no shame in asking for a little help. Even with the stigma attached to mental illness, we all know that we’d prefer our loved ones and friends get the care they need, rather than things coming to tragic ends.
So why wait? If you’re scared, consider asking a friend or loved one to go with you for emotional support.
Lincoln County Health and Human Services
Mental Health Counseling
1010 SW Coast Hwy, Suite 203
Newport, OR 97365
Lincoln City Clinic
4422 NE Devils Lake Blvd, Suite 2
Lincoln City, OR 97367
South Beach Clinic
4909 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 1
South Beach, OR 97366
And there’s an amazing 24 hour Crisis Line that also offers information and local resources. If you are in crisis, call 1-877-493-6469 anytime.
Also something that a lot of people don’t think of is the Emergency Room. If you are ever feeling like hurting yourself or others, go to your local ER immediately. They can refer you to compassionate professionals who can truly help you.
Please remember you’re not alone out there. Many of us understand what you’re going through. Reach out to family and friends, seek professional help, or even talk to your local pastor. You’d be amazed at the love, understanding, and support you can find in our community.
A Lincoln County Neighbor