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Mental health experts share available resources for teens

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People often are unsure where to look for mental health services. People often are unsure where to look for mental health services.

Local mental health officials respond to the lack of options for troubled teens. This comes after the suicide of a Sparkman High school student. Christian Adamek's father Daniel says he tried for months to get his son help for depression. Daniel said limited resources and problems with insurance left them with nowhere to turn. 

"I want to challenge the medical community to step up and put emphasis on the mental health that is so clearly needed," Adamek said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. 

He issued this challenge nearly one month after his 15-year-old son Christian took his life.  Daniel said his son had been battling depression.

"Our children need to know that they can find help through any of the pain they feel from these things that they don't likely understand themselves," he said. 

Jeremy Blair is the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Center of Madison County. He said there are resources out there for people with mental health issues, but often times people don't know they exist or where to look.

"The most quoted statistic is one in four individuals struggle with a mental illness so if you look at our community we've got about 108,000 - that means about 45,000 our community in Madison County will struggle with those issues. We serve total between our adult program and our children program around 8,000 so we are just barely scratching the surface," said Blair.

Blair said the cost for treatment or having no insurance can keep some people from getting the help they need. 

"Even for us we are a public nonprofit, so we are serving clients whether you have insurance or not. We serve clients on a sliding fee scale so a lot of time we ride off 90% of the cost that's  associated with our treatment. There are affordable options that are out there," Blair said.

Blair said teenagers 14 and up can come to the Mental Health Center off Memorial Parkway on their own to learn more about handling mental health issues, or you can call the mail office at (256) 533-1970.

You can also dial 211 to find mental health services in your area.

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