Stories of Success

Kylie

Teen Says Services Saved Her Life

Kylie, a 17-year-old high school senior, began receiving Screening, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) when she was crisis screened by Memorial Behavioral Health. Kylie experienced untreated symptoms of depression and anxiety. But, she avoided hospitalization for her symptoms by engaging in services with a therapist and community-based recovery specialist.

“Lisa has had a positive influence on my life, because without her, I wouldn’t be alive or the person I am today,” Kylie said. “She’s helped me with my battle of depression and has shaped me into a better person with the help of her counseling. I love her and don’t know what I’d do without her."

Kylie, a 17-year-old high school senior, began receiving Screening, Assessment, and Supportive Services (SASS) when she was crisis screened by Memorial Behavioral Health. Kylie experienced untreated symptoms of depression and anxiety. But, she avoided hospitalization for her symptoms by engaging in services with a therapist and community-based recovery specialist. The therapist and recovery specialist met her weekly at school to discuss her symptoms and to help her build essential skills. She learned coping and communication skills to help improve her relationship with her mother and to effectively manage her symptoms of depression and anxiety.

After a year of notable progress and a few set-backs, Kylie describes herself as a stable and accomplished person who is nearing graduation from high school and plans to start college in the fall. She attributes her successes to Lisa, community-based recovery specialist, who worked with her beginning with her initial SASS screen and involvement in outpatient services.

Kylie so appreciated Lisa’s support, she nominated her for an award at her high school. Students were encouraged to nominate community members who made an impact on their lives.

“Lisa has had a positive influence on my life, because without her, I wouldn’t be alive or the person I am today,” Kylie said. “She’s helped me with my battle of depression and has shaped me into a better person with the help of her counseling. I love her and don’t know what I’d do without her."

SASS is a state-wide program, started in 2005, and provides intensive mental health services for individuals less than 21 years old who are experiencing a mental health crisis and need immediate assistance. Memorial Behavioral Health—Springfield Children’s Center is the SASS agency for Sangamon and Menard counties. Services are initiated by calling the CARES line at 1-800-345-9049.

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