Dr. Is In: Mental Health and Resources to Help

The last few years have been marked by stress and isolation. We joined Dr. Salim Surani to discuss how you can take care of your mind.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Mental health care services were hard to come by for many before the pandemic began. However, after two years of stress and turmoil, many people seeking help find the system at or beyond capacity.

Many help seekers are stuck on waiting lists. Assistance of any kind is scarce in rural areas, where all health care choices are more limited than in urban centers.

When the American Psychological Association surveyed its members last fall, they found that 67% of their psychologists said they were unable to take on new patients. 68% said their waiting lists had increased since 2020.

We were joined by Dr Surani on the first edition to further discuss the issue.

We wanted to know what big challenges people in the medical field see with this strain.

“Even before the pandemic we had a severe crisis, we had a severe shortage of mental health care providers,” Dr Surani said, “Now with this pandemic coming and inflation on the rise, we’re going to see This more pronounced.Schools are closed, so not only adults are affected, but also children.

Dr. Surani noted that the lack of interaction from children was a major problem. But there is good news on the way.

“Initially, mental health was seen as a stigma. Now mental health is less of a stigma, and we’ve done a lot of good work in that area to get patients to come forward. We recognize it, we treat it, like any other disease. Dr. Surani explained.

Be sure to check out our full interview with Dr. Surani above.

If you or someone you know is showing signs of suicide or depression, there are resources to help. You can call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time of the day.

The number is 1-800-273-8255. Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You can also access their text line by texting “NAMI” or “HELP” to 741741

There are also several resources here in Coastal Bend, including the Nueces Center for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, and Family Counseling Services in Corpus Christi and Kingsville.

  • You can reach the Nueces Center for Mental Health at 361-886-6970.
  • The number for Youth Mental Health Services is 361-851-6726.
  • The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation number is 361-814-2001.
  • Family Counseling Corpus Christi can be reached at 361-852-9665.
  • Family Counseling Kingsville can be reached at 361-334-1139.

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