During April, which is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Counseling Awareness Month, we reflect on the essential role Springboard’s behavioral health clinicians play in strengthening children and families.
Life amidst the first two years of COVID-19 left us all with a heightened level of stress. Remote learning, social isolation, health worries, and economic instability led to an increase in demand for Springboard’s behavioral health services, a greater need for crisis services for individuals and families impacted by abuse, and an urgency to assist youth who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness.
We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that while serving our communities, our dedicated and compassionate team of providers had to navigate their own challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of their passion for serving others, they continued to show up and provide effective and extraordinary client care while also managing vicarious trauma and burnout. That level of selflessness and commitment to our clients is paramount to Springboard’s continued success as a dynamic service provider in the Central Maryland region.
In the first year of the pandemic from June 2020 to July 2021, Springboard assisted 2,600 people in crisis, conducted more than 10,000 behavioral health sessions, and provided housing assistance for hundreds, and the numbers keep growing.
- Springboard has seen an increase in depression and suicidality among clients of all ages,
- Growing demand to assist victims of crime, domestic violence, child abuse, or trauma,
- And finally, an increase in youth seeking services who are unstably housed due to family dysfunction, lack of support, or crisis.
As we read in the news every day, mental health care – particularly for youth and young adults – is essential and our provision of services is more relevant than ever to address trauma and promote resilience. We are grateful to Springboard clinicians, case managers, navigators, victim advocates, office administrators, and others who continue to rise up and meet the need each and every day.