Services offered to Highlands students who struggle with mental health issues


Emma Healey, Staff

     You’re feeling weak and sick to your stomach. Your head is spinning and you can’t catch your breath.  Your mom, dad, friend, sister, and brother try to help but can’t understand how. You feel trapped in a bubble that your conscience cannot escape. This is what it can feel like for someone struggling with a mental illness.

     There are many different types of mental illnesses, ranging from substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and more. Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, gender, or ethnicity, so it is critical that anyone with a mental illness feels loved, happy, and healthy. 

     Having someone to reach out to during a hard part of your life is a very nice feeling to have. A stable place to go to when your feeling down can really help your mental state. Today, one in five teenagers struggle with a mental disorder, and the numbers are not slowing down.

     If you need help here are some places in Fort Thomas that you can reach out to: 

  • Therapeutic Collaborative: Therapeutic collaborative offers tailored mental health services for couples, families, and individuals. They diagnose and treat a majority of mental health issues. They want their clients to overcome any battles they have!
  • Viewpoint Psychological Services: Viewpoint psychological services offer therapy for couples and individuals in the Northern Kentucky area. They offer services that help with anxiety, depression, ADHD, phobias, child and adolescent behavioral problems, trauma, and more.

     If you’re ever feeling like you could have a mental disorder or just want to talk to someone, make sure to reach out. It’s important that you express your feelings to responsible adults that can help you. If you need immediate help reaching out to your parents or someone close if you’re not feeling comfortable doing that make sure to contact hotlines for whatever you’re experiencing.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
  • Eating Disorder Hotline: 1-800-931-2237
  • Depression Hotline: 1-(800)-273‑TALK (8255)
  • Anxiety Hotline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
  • Substance Abuse Hotline: 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
  • LGBTQ Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-866-488-7386