There is an urgent need to bolster Central Coast Hotline’s capacity to meet local demand. Currently the system in place is antiquated and does not provide for text messaging or seamless notetaking. As a result, less than 1% of the community accessing the Hotline are under the age of 21.
- The CDC reports that from 2009 to 2019, the share of high school students who reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increase by 40%.
- A June 2021 CDC survey on mental health revealed that 56% of young adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.
In addition, the project addresses expanding the Brief Therapy Clinic, which provides short-term weekly therapy for 12-24 sessions. Support from this project will enable TMHA to maintain the program for another three years.