BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - As the coronavirus pandemic continues - there is little doubt that this is taking a toll on the mental health of not only adults but also children.
Local therapist, Katy Luallen, says some of the biggest impacts of isolation are depression, people feeling hopeless, and feeling a lack of motivation.
She says this is especially alarming for children who are missing out on social interaction. "For kids - their lifeline is connection, so I really worry about the lack of connection for kids," she said.
Butte County Behavioral Health officials say they saw the highest number of crisis calls in October - right when schools reopened. The number of calls increased by nearly 24% compared to last year. They say the majority were from teachers and parents who noticed warning signs within students.
Luallen explained what some of the warning signs may look like. "I think isolation is a huge one, kids who are not talking about how hard it is or how they're hurting. Most kids are having a hard time so if they aren't talking about having a hard time that is something to be concerned about. When there is a sudden change and kids seem a lot better all of a sudden and they've been having a hard time., that's a huge red flag it means that may have decided to do something. We need to talk to our kids especially high school kids that if they have information about a friend who is struggling they are not betraying that friend they are likely saving that friend," she said.
Butte County Behavioral Health officials say the number of calls continues to gradually increase and they want to stress that they are here to help.
If you need to get in contact with them, you can reach them at 530-891-2810 and 1-800-334-6622.