Here in Abilene, the Child and Adolescent Services of the Betty Hardwick Center works with young people dealing with suicide, depression, and other mental illnesses. The Betty Hardwick Center is the mental health authority here in Taylor County. The center also services five surrounding counties: Callahan, Jones, Shackelford and Stephens county. When it comes to adolescent mental health, the center provides face-to-face and over-the-phone screenings and assessments. The center also provides skills training, respite services and medication-related services.
The center also has a 24-hour hotline to deal with mental related crisis. That number is 1-800-758-3344.
For more information on the warning signs of depression and suicide, visit their website at www.bhcmhmr.org.