GENESEO, N.Y., Dec. 15, 2023 – It’s said that those born with the ability to fall were also born with the strength to rise and Livingston County is working diligently to empower those struggling with mental health by offering a full complement of services to residents.
Studies indicate that one in five American adults currently live with mental illness including depression or anxiety while nearly one in 20 adults live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. While these figures demonstrate the prevalence of mental health throughout our communities, it is also estimated that fewer than half of adults receive treatment. Livingston County is hoping to curb that trend by offering professional services and supports to those in need.
“Although taking the first steps and finding help can often present challenges, it’s important to explore options,” said Kristen Fisher, Livingston County Director of Community Services. “Livingston County Mental Health is open five days a week, accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance and even offers a sliding fee scale to help those without insurance coverage.”
Currently, the County has two in-person mental health clinics in Geneseo and Mount Morris and also offers telemedicine options for those unable or unwilling to travel. The clinics has additional open access hours on Wednesdays, allowing for care to be administered without an appointment.
“At this time, we are accepting patients and do not have a wait list,” continued Fisher. “Our clinicians are trained in a variety of specialties and focus areas and we are able to provide comprehensive, individualized treatment. Our therapists are also trained in a variety of treatment options for psychiatric trauma.”
Additionally, Livingston County Mental Health can treat individuals ages five and up and has several clinicians who are trained in play therapy, which can be difficult to find in rural areas. Furthermore, clinicians are able to evaluate and develop a management plan for various medications being used to treat to psychiatric conditions.
To learn more about the services being offered, hours and more, please visit Livingston County Mental Health’s website. To schedule an appointment or speak to a counselor, please call (585) 243-7250.
The Department of Health has also established a local resource line to help in the event of a mental health crisis. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 211. Those seeking help can also tap into the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat with someone at 988lifeline.org.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.