Youth Crisis Care

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Support for Young People & Families with Mental Health Crises

Our youth need our support — a community that will help them navigate social, familial and educational pressures, assist them in beating addiction or eating disorders, and prevent suicide or abuse. North Central Health Care is that support resource. Our Crisis Team is available 24/7/365 for youth and families in crisis living in Lincoln, Langlade, and Marathon Counties. We also provide a Youth Crisis Care that provides short-term, in-house monitoring and support.

Emergency/Crisis numbers:

  • 800.273.TALK (8255): National Hotline will link you with Crisis Care in any area in the United States.
  • 800.799.0122: Toll-Free Call connecting you to Crisis Support in the Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln Counties.
  • 715.845.4326: Connecting you to Crisis Support in Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln Counties.
  • TDD 715.845.4928: For those with hearing or speech difficulties.

Youth Crisis Short-Term Stabilization

Youth in Crisis may remain on the NCHC Wausau Campus stabilization area for up to 24 hours on a voluntary basis. They may have a brief therapeutic intervention with specially trained youth crisis staff that may help youth to develop coping skills.

During the stabilization period Crisis staff may assist in creating an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) and help provide referrals for outpatient or community treatment but they will not meet with a counselor, physician, or psychiatrist.

24-hour stabilization beds are available for ages 6+ and offer 1:1 or 1:2 staffing ratio around the clock. Medication management of current prescriptions is available with guardian approval. No new prescriptions.

Youth Behavioral Health Hospital: NOW OPEN!

North Central Health Care’s Youth Behavioral Health Hospital is the first step in life-changing treatment for young people between the ages of 13-17 who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. All admissions to the Youth Hospital will be referred from the Crisis Center.

Under the direction of a psychiatrist and other licensed medical and professional staff, our Youth Behavioral Health Hospital provides 24-hour care in a secure setting that provides a safe and healthy environment where healing can begin. The Youth Hospital provides short-term therapeutic interventions by reducing and stabilizing a child’s crisis and linking them to the necessary care that will help manage their illness and help them better navigate their world.

NCHC will be opening a Youth Crisis Stabilization Center in Fall 2020. Learn more on how these expanded services will impact youth in our community.

No One Should Be Left to Struggle Alone

Adolescence is a difficult time. This is where most children start developing their identity and independence, and while this is liberating, it can also be stressful and put pressure on relationships with friends and family. Depression in youth in America is on the rise. A reported 12% of youths in America experienced at least one major depressive symptom, and the estimate for unreported incidents are much higher. Though difficulty during adolescence is normal, there are far too many instances where people who need help are dismissed because it’s “part of growing up.”

Some examples of youth crisis include:

  • Talk of suicide
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, etc.)
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Bullying
  • Threats of violence
  • Difficulty in school
  • Cyber bullying
  • Feelings of ennui (Nothing matters. I feel bad all the time. Nothing will help.)

It is important that you do not dismiss statements a youth makes online either. Many people feel more comfortable speaking online, and while there may be exaggeration in some cases, any comment that mentions suicide or an act of violence is not to be taken lightly. Likewise, consistently depressive statements made on an online forum should also be taken seriously.