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A heartfelt message from Lincoln County Mental Health

Ken Gagne

Ken Gagne

To the citizens of Lincoln County

When tragic events involving children happen, it affects everyone in many different ways. As the community grieves the loss of London McCabe, we all struggle to understand how something like this could happen. Lincoln County Health and Human Services wants to reach out to those who have been deeply affected and are in need of support and help.
We’d like to offer these suggestions to help you cope should you be feeling the effects of grief and trauma due to the events of the past week:

* Stay connected to friends, coworkers, family, neighbors, other familiar groups or community.
* Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, avoiding excessive use of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
* Keep to normal routines and activities, if possible.
* Lend a listening ear to those who may need to talk.
* Let friends, family and others in your life know if you think they are showing signs of trauma.
* If you begin to feel a sense of overwhelming sadness, hopelessness and helplessness that persists, ask for help from a family or friend, your health care provider or behavioral health counselor, your faith community or clergy member or your health insurer.
* Know the number of our toll-free Lincoln County Mental Health Crisis Line 1-888-232- 7192 (for the hearing impaired, dial 1-877-493-6469). This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Here is how to get help from Lincoln County Health and Human Services. All of our clinics are open 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday.

In Lincoln City:
Lincoln County Health and Human Services Behavioral Health 4422 NE Devil’s Lake Boulevard
541-265-4196

In Newport:
Lincoln County Health and Human Services Behavioral Health–Adult Services South Beach Clinic
4909 S. Coast Highway, Suite 1
541-574-5960

Lincoln County Health and Human Services Behavioral Health—Child and Family Services
36 SW Nye Street
541-265-4179

Sincerely,
Lincoln County Health and Human Services

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