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:

  • 800.799.0122: 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.
  • 988 - National Suicide & Crisis Hotline connecting you to assistance in U.S. This number is not a direct dial to NCHC Crisis Services.
  • For those with hearing or speech difficulties, please dial 711 to connect with the WI Relay Service.
    When you dial 711, a communications assistant will connect you with the NCHC Crisis Hotline. Please provide the operator with the number 715.845.4326. English and Spanish translation is available through 711. For more information about 711, please visit WI Relay 711.
  • 800.273.TALK (8255): National Hotline will link you with Crisis Care in any area in the United States.

North Central Health Care offers youth crisis care through Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility and Youth Behavioral Health Hospital. All admissions for Youth Crisis Care in these facilities are referred through the NCHC Crisis Center and can be reached at the contact numbers listed above.

Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Overview

North Central Health Care’s Youth Crisis Stabilization is the first step in life-changing care and treatment for young people of any age who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Under the direction of a Medical Director and Clinical Supervisor, our program provides 24-hour care in a warm and welcoming setting. The Crisis Stabilization program provides short-term therapeutic interventions to reduce and stabilize a person's crisis and link them to other resources and supports.

Length of stay depends on each person's needs, but services are designed to be short-term, approximately 2-5 days. Treatment includes regularly scheduled evidenced-based group and individual therapy and a variety of skill-building and educational groups.

Learn more about NCHC Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility!

Youth Behavioral Health Hospital Overview

North Central Health Care’s Youth Behavioral Health Hospital provides 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.

Learn more about NCHC Youth Behavioral Health Hospital!

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.