mental health

Mental health needs on rise in county

In Susquehanna County, local health care facilities have reportedly seen an increase in the number of patients coming in for behavioral health issues – including those in crisis. “The ages are greatly varied and cover pediatric to geriatric,” said Endless Mountains Health Systems CEO Loren Stone.
Stone said the uptick could possibly be linked to the pandemic, but he is unable to make a direct causal relationship between COVID and the increased number of patients with behavioral health issues. “Access to others in society, socialization, etc. has been reduced during COVID and this may have been an indirect impact of the pandemic on the population’s behavioral health status,” he said. “As a nation, there has been a significant shortage of behavioral health capacity.”

Commissioners focus on mental health

The Susquehanna County Commissioners focused on mental health at the April 24 meeting and proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Information about the county’s…