Letter to the editor: Mental health piece off base

As the Emergency Services Coordinator at Counseling Service of Addison County, I read Chris Mason’s article ‘New Mental Health Strategy Needed’ from last week’s paper with concern and an active desire to connect with him and others in the community about this issue.

Living Together: New mental health strategy needed

There is a burgeoning housing crisis in Vermont, as evidenced in our state’s shockingly high rate of unhoused, and even more shocking increase in that rate — an estimated 218% between 2007 and 2023 according to HUD. The causes are complex, with contributi … (read more)

Vermonters’ options for online mental health care expand

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont has a new partnership with Valera Health to provide virtual therapy and psychiatry to youth and adult policyholders.

Balint talks mental health with CSAC

U.S. Rep. Becca Balint, D-Vt., toured Addison County late last week to survey two kinds of hardships from which many area residents are trying to recover — those caused by recent flooding, and those caused by mental illness.

Quiet space offered to aid people in crisis

The Interlude program is a new mental health urgent-care service located in the Middlebury’s Marble Works complex.

For this parent, there are no easy solutions for a son’s mental health crisis

I reached a point during the latest mental health crisis with my adult son where the weight of absurdity actually robbed me of my vision and I saw stars. 

Mental health disparities among Vermont children are clear in youth survey

A biennial survey conducted during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic shows poor mental health among high school and middle school students, especially in groups that previous surveys found have long suffered more than their peers. 

UVM is looking for Teen Mental Health Ambassadors

Teens with an interest in mental health and wellbeing may apply to become a Teen Health and Wellness Ambassador.

Mental health resources available to Vermonters

As impacts from the terrible recent mass murders committed in New York, California and Texas are being felt throughout the country, the state of Vermont is reminding Vermonters of the around-the-clock mental health resources available to them.

Police improve response to rising number of mental health calls

Middlebury police have seen the number of calls requesting mental health-related help rise from 54 in 2018 to 259 in 2021.

Bristol police seek to add a mental health staffer

The Bristol Police Chief is asking the selectboard to find money for a mental health counselor to help out on some Bristol police calls.

VUMS student video considers youth health

Recently the Vergennes Union Middle School Student Response Team created a powerful and informative video featuring interviews with youth and adults discussing mental health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the social and political reck … (read more)

Our kids are hurting — and their helpers need help

Children’s mental health has reached such a crisis point that it’s been declared a national emergency.

Protecting youth mental health

In December, the Office of U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released an advisory called “Protecting Youth Mental Health.”

How to discuss mental health with others

Do you struggle with your mental health and have a difficult time in getting people you know to be more understanding?