Dear Owego Apalachin Families,
When people in our lives are struggling with emotional pain, helping them feel comfortable to talk about it is difficult, but can help prevent a mental health crisis. Learning the warning signs, knowing how to start a conversation, and knowing where to get professional help can make a powerful life changing difference.
We have heard from families that they need help in understanding what resources are available to them from the school district and the community. If you or someone you know needs help or you need assistance in how to talk with your children about their mental health, please use the resources below:
Center for Psychological Services | 785-4156
Oakdale Psychology Associates | 754-1101
Family & Children's Society | 687-3540
Southern Tier Counseling Solutions | 222-5639
Tioga County Mental Hygiene Crisis Line | 607-687-4000
NYS Suicide Prevention Hotline | 1-800-273-8255
UHS Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) Crisis Hotline | 607-762-2302
NYS/Crisis Text Line Partnership | Text "GOT5" to 741741
Call 9-1-1 and request a crisis trained responder
Our district counselors and other school professionals can be contacted during normal school hours here: OA School Counselors | 687-7301 option 5
Owego Apalachin CSD has also partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of care for our community. If you or a family member are looking for help with your mental health or substance use, you can use Care Solace to anonymously find community therapists or treatment programs matched to your needs regardless of circumstances. Care Solace is a 24/7/365 coordination service to help find local mental health programs and counseling services. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
Call 888-515-0595 to speak with someone from the Care Companion team
Visit www.caresolace.com/owego and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
Whatever you are experiencing, we want you to know that you are not alone and that support is available on campus and in our community. Please remember to ask for help if you need it, and if you have questions for district officials, our Let’s Talk communication tool is a quick and easy resource.